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Controversies in Persistent (Chronic) Lyme Disease

Controversies in Persistent (Chronic) Lyme Disease

The volume of evidence supporting persistent infection is substantial. Persistent infection has been demonstrated in patients with Lyme disease by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and culture.48–58 An NIH-sponsored xenodiagnostic study in humans documented that uninfected ticks acquired B burgdorferi deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from feeding on a persistently symptomatic patient who had been treated for Lyme disease more than 1 year earlier. This finding is significant.

Controversies in Persistent (Chronic) Lyme Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 300 000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year in the United States and that 10% to 20% of these patients will remain symptomatic despite receiving appropriate antibiotic therapy. …

 

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