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Doctors Baffled by Chronic Lyme Disease

Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 01:44 PM

Lyme disease, when caught early, is usually resolved after two to four weeks of treatment with antibiotics. But for up to 10 percent of patients, symptoms can last for months or years — for reasons that remain unknown.

The long-term condition — which can cause severe muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties — is called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, or PTLDS, and experts are divided on what it is and how best to treat it, the Wall Street Journal reports.

John Aucott, M.D., director of the Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, noted there is no test for PTLDS and therapy is often unsuccessful.

“We’re at the primitive stage with that group of patients [with PTLDS] because we don’t have accurate biomarkers or blood markers to gauge what’s driving the disease. And there’s no [Food and Drug Administration]-approved therapy for those patients,” Dr. Aucott said.

For the Lyme disease research center, which opened in April, “the mission is really to focus on the complex issue of chronic Lyme disease,” he added.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the U.S., causing 300,000 new cases a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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