Lyme Disease: What Makes Diagnosis & Treatment Difficult?
MAY 18, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF
Patricia Smith, President of the Lyme disease Association, discusses the difficulty of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
“Patients are certainly facing a lot of problems getting diagnosed and getting treated. Those problems stem from the fact [that], first of all, even 43 years into Lyme disease, there’s still a lot of problems with recognizing Lyme disease. The testing is probably about 50% accurate (the test that’s being used now, the 2-step test).
Physicians aren’t always diagnosing Lyme, and so, patients can’t get diagnosed [easily or in a timely manner]. If it takes a long time for diagnosis, then it takes a longer time for a patient to get treatment. [In the] meantime, that bacteria [are] in their body replicating. Therefore, this is very problematic.”
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