Chronic Lyme Disease Definition
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Stricker, R.B.; Fessler, M. Chronic lyme disease: A working case definition.
Am. J. Infect. Dis. 2018, 14, 1–44.
May 9, 2017- Dr. Raphael Stricker, et. al. published a study defining CHRONIC Lyme disease. In addition to several decades of clinical experience there are over 700 peer-reviewed journal studies clarifying and supporting this definition.
Proving chronic Lyme disease exists and having a definition confirms the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA) recommended short-term, cost effective treatment protocols are ineffective and can cause immeasurable harm to many patients.
For many self-serving reasons, the IDSA has continued to speak out against patients who remain ill, and routinely dismiss all claims of continuing, relapsing and worsening symptoms.
When the IDSA guideline panel denies the existence of chronic Lyme disease, it in turn supports insurers who subsequently deny reimbursement for physician ordered tests and treatment.
As Connecticut Attorney General (currently US Senator) Richard Blumenthal's lengthy investigation into the IDSA's guideline practices reported on May 1, 2008:
"The IDSA's 2006 Lyme disease guideline panel undercut its credibility by allowing individuals with financial interests -- in drug companies, Lyme disease diagnostic tests, patents and consulting arrangements with insurance companies -- to exclude divergent medical evidence and opinion." Source
IDSA Lyme Disease Guideline Panel- Gary P. Wormser, Raymond J. Dattwyler, Eugene D. Shapiro, John J. Halperin, Allen C. Steere, Mark S. Klempner, Peter J. Krause, Johan S. Bakken, Franc Strle, Gerold Stanek, Linda Bockenstedt, Durland Fish, J. Stephen Dumler, and Robert B. Nadelman
Quote from Stricker, et. al.
"According to this definition, CLD is a multisystem illness with diverse musculoskeletal, neuropsychiatric and/or cardiovascular manifestations that result from ongoing infection with pathogenic members of the Borrelia spirochete complex often associated with other tickborne disease (TBD) pathogens.
To qualify for the diagnosis of CLD, patients must have Lyme- compatible symptoms and signs that are either consistently or variably present for six or more months. Two subcategories of CLD include untreated chronic Lyme disease (CLD-U) and chronic Lyme disease following a limited course of antibiotic treatment (CLD-T)."
Chronic Lyme Definition- pdf file below &
There IS Such A Thing As
"Chronic Lyme Disease"
Which begs the question concerning the
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Last Updated- April 2019