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Lyme disease and COVID-19 Survey for children

I discuss Lyme disease and COVID-19 in children.  I would appreciate your help in having you child share their experience with Lyme disease  during this pandemic even if they have not had COVID-19 or taken the COVID-19 vaccine.    Here is the link to the Lyme disease and COVID-19 vaccine https://danielcameronmd.com/lyme-disease-covid-survey/ You can hear more about these cases through his blogs, social media, and YouTube. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with these cases. How to Connect with Dr. Daniel Cameron: Check out his website: https://www.DanielCameronMD.com/ Call his office: 914-666-4665 Email him: DCameron@Da...

B cell suppressive led to a delayed diagnosis of Lyme disease

I will be discussing a 20-year-old girl with a 3 year history of multiple sclerosis treated with B cell suppressive therapy . She was prescribed two biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD).This article was written by Sjowall and colleagues in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. She was initially prescribed tocilizumab, marketed in the US as Actemra.   Tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody blocks signals from IL-6 receptors them, is a monoclonal antibody against the interleukin-6 receptor. Tocilizumab can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections.She was subsequently prescribed rituximab, sold under the brand name ...

Two children ill with both Lyme disease and Mono.

I will be discussing two children ill with both Lyme disease and Mono. This case was described by Koester  and colleagues  in the journal Clinical Medicine & Research.Mono and Lyme disease are common diseases. What happens when child living in an area endemic for Lyme disease has both conditions?These are not the first time patients with both mono and Lyme disease. Koester and colleagues described a study where 52 patients tested positive for Lyme disease and Mono.Koester and colleagues urged caution before dismissing a positive IgM western blot test and run the risk of treatment delays.  Koester TM, Meece JK, Fritsche TR, Frost HM. Infectious ...

Young child with a “false brain tumor” due to Lyme disease

I will be discussing a case involving a 9-year-old boy with a pseudotumor cerebri due to Lyme disease This case was described by Ezequiel  and colleagues  in the journal BMJ Case Rep. Pseudotumor cerebri means “false brain tumor” because its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors. It's also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension. The boy was admitted to the hospital with “daily pulsatile frontotemporal headache, pallor, photophobia and phonophobia, without night awakening, vomiting or visual changes,”  wrote the authors. The doctors initially suspected a pseudotumor cerebri.  The tests were negative. ...

Lyme disease patient left with tinnitus and hearing loss

I will be discussing a unique case involving a 46-year-old Lyme disease patient who was left with tinnitus and hearing loss. This case was described by Jozefowicz-Korczynska   and colleagues  in the journal Frontiers in Neurology . A 46-year-old male farmer was hospitalized with a “sudden onset of tinnitus and hearing loss in the left ear, dizziness, severe balance instability, and gait ataxia,”  wrote the authors.  (Gait ataxia consists of lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements.)The doctors initially suspected and Acoustic Neuroma.  The tests were negative.Instead, the doctors diagnosed Lyme disease by a spinal tap.  He was ...

66-year-old woman with acute kidney failure associated with Lyme disease

I will be discussing the case of a 66-year-old woman who ignored a Bull's eye rash, indicative of Lyme disease, and later developed acute renal failure. This case was described by Mishra and colleagues  in the American Journal of Medicine .She presented with a tick bite followed by a rash.  She ignored the tick bite and rash.A month later she developed acute renal failure.  Her renal functions improved following hydration, antibiotics, and discontinuation of her losartan and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” the authors explain. Renal failure has been described in dogs but not in people.  The renal failure could have been related to ...

7-year-old girl with PANDAS and Lyme disease

This case involves a 7-year-old girl who developed multiple physical and neuropsychiatric symptoms six months after vacationing in a tick endemic region of the US.  I first read about this case by Cross and colleagues in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.The patient’s symptoms were extensive, Jones explains, and included “dramatic declines in cognitive functioning, concentration, and ability to focus, a loss of math skills, the onset of dysgraphia and difficulty with social cues, decreased processing speed, word selection problems, anxiety, fatigue, nighttime awakening, chills, joint and muscle pain, moodiness, both general and separation ...

Delayed onset Babesia case

The man had been diagnosed with the tick-borne illness Babesia in Florida 10 weeks after travelling to New York. Initially, he presented with a 4-day history of fever, generalized weakness, and flu-like symptoms.  I first read about this case by Patel and colleagues in the journal Cureus .His fever was 104.8 F.  His hemoglobin dropped from 9.3g/dL to 6.7g/dL within 5 hours. He was diagnosed with hemolysis and transfused with 2 units of packed red blood cells. A peripheral blood smear revealed a Maltese cross typically seen in Babesia.  He was treated successfully. But what can learn about this delayed onset case of Babesia?            Savasta ...

ALS or Lyme disease for a 63-year-old man?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease.“In July 2018, that is, within six months, he developed paraparesis of both arms and also suffered from cramps in the shoulder girdle and hand muscles,” wrote the authors. “By August 2018, the patient was severely impaired in everyday life activities.”I first read about this case by Wirsching and colleagues in the journal Clinical Case Reports. His spinal test was positive for Lyme disease a high white count and positive labs tests for Lyme disease.  He was treated with a 3 week course of intravenous antibiotics without gains. The ...

A 61-year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer followed by Lyme disease.

a 61-year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and later Lyme disease.   The woman underwent a  lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. I first read about this case in the journal Diagnostics  by Ørbæk  and colleagues.One  year later, she developed leg and back pain so severe that narcotics would not even alleviate her pain. There was no evidence of a recurrence of her cancer.  She was diagnosed  and treated for Lyme disease.You can hear more about these cases through his blogs, social media, and YouTube. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with these cases.How to Connect with Dr. Daniel Cameron:Check out his website: ...