Functional neuroimaging in patients presenting with somatoform disorders: A model for investigating persisting symptoms after tick bites and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome?

Functional neuroimaging in patients presenting with somatoform disorders: A model for investigating persisting symptoms after tick bites and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome? Med Mal Infect. 2019 Feb 05;: Authors: Guedj E, Eldin C, Raoult D, Azorin JM, Belzeaux R Abstract Approximately 10% of patients presenting with Lyme disease experience fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, concentration disorders, or short-term memory deficits in the six months following treatment. This entity has been defined as post-Lyme disease syndrome or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is unknown, but neither persistence of the bacterium nor effectiveness of antibiotics are currently reported in the literature. The French High Council for Public Health (French acronym HCSP) has recently defined a new entity called "persistent polymorphic symptoms after a tick bite" allowing for designing studies to better understand these subjective presentations, for which objective biomarkers are currently lacking. This entity encompasses patients experiencing fatigue and generalized pain in the months following a tick bite and can be associated with several subjective symptoms with major impact on the quality of life. In the field of somatoform disorders, this article reviews functional neuroimaging studies in patients presenting with subjective complaints and discusses potential clinical implications for persisting symptoms after tick bites a...
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ORONO, Maine (AP) — More than a third of the deer ticks submitted to a Maine lab last year tested positive for Lyme disease, a surveillance report from the lab said. The report is from the University of Maine Tick Lab. The lab found that a smaller percentage of ticks tested positive for anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which are other tick-borne diseases. The tick lab’s manager, Griffin Dill, said the information will help authorities learn how fast the ticks are spreading in the state. The study is the first of its kind in Maine, the Bangor Daily news reported. The report found that just shy of 39% of deer ticks t...
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Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
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Authors: Voitey M, Bouiller K, Chirouze C, Fournier D, Bozon F, Klopfenstein T Abstract INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the functional symptoms associated with Lyme borreliosis (LB) in Europe. We aimed to assess functional symptoms associated with presumed LB and to compare patients with and without confirmed LB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective monocenter study. Patients consulting for presumed LB were included. RESULTS: Between November 2015 and June 2018, 355patients were included (mean age: 51years, 52% of women) of which 48had LB: erythema migrans (42%), early disseminated LB (50...
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Source: The Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Case Presentations of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residencies Source Type: research
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