To be diagnosed with CIRS/Mould Illness you need to have a multisystem, multi-symptom illness.
In research Dr. Shoemaker found that 35 health symptoms could be categorised into 13 clusters. If a patient is confirmed to have 8 or more clusters of symptoms the likelihood of presence of CIRS exceeds 95%. A cluster is positive if you have one or more symptoms in each group. When combined with VCS deficits, symptom clusters can yield an accuracy of 98.5%, with false negatives < 2%. (Shoemaker et al, 2017). [Note clusters and VCS cannot differentiate CIRS-WDB from other CIRS causes such as CIRS Lyme].
Dr. Shoemaker says that it’s reasonable to do further testing if you are positive for 6+ symptom clusters (Berry, 2014).
Dr. McMahon says that in children < 11 years they’ll often have only 6+ symptom clusters while children 11+ years will have 8+ symptom clusters, as per adults. Very young children, < 5 years may present with only one symptom (e.g. chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, chronic abdominal pains, inability to potty train, ADHD) that will, if not treated, develop into the full CIRS multisystem, multi-symptom illness. (Mold Illness and Children Webinar, 2017).
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