Why we chose this test
Dr Cheyney has done a lot of work on fingerprints of people with ME, noting that many, not all, patients have altered fingerprints.
Prof Marco Ruggiero of Florence University is also very interested “……this is one of the first things that I look at during my physical examination of patients. It is one of the few physical signs that is peculiar to ME and, in my opinion it is very useful for differential diagnosis”.
We are currently working with a fingerprint expert (34 years experience) to score and classify patients’ fingerprints.
Some images of fingerprints
Fingerprints 1-4 are controls. Fingerprints 5-8 are pwME. All taken by us in Chester
Fingerprint on left is a patient on a bad day, Fingerprint on right is the same patient feeling well.
Currently, we are collecting the fingerprints ourselves by visiting support groups. This is so that they are all uniform and we will be able to come up with a scoring system. In the future, we are hoping to train people to take them in the same way or, if we are lucky, we are hoping that we may obtain funding to commission a fingerprinting gadget.
Next test – Stair test, or start recording your own data