Out of 960 Lyme borreliosis patients with chronic symptoms, 707 had not been treated for the symptoms before – according to data from a Hungarian Lyme clinic. The patients were diagnosed with other disorders, e.g. autoimmune, rheumatologic, neurologic or psychiatric diseases.
Treatment schedule of the 960 patients
The diagnosis and treatment of Lyme borreliosis is a subject with long debates and rare conclusions so far. The data confirm the importance of an early and exact diagnosis. Missing out on an early treatment may cause the disease to get more serious, the symptoms more disseminated, or the state to become chronic.
According to an analysis published in the British Medical Journal, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US. It would be easy to avoid missing or making a wrong diagnosis if we thought of the possibility of Lyme borreliosis in case of resembling symptoms.
The availability of a single, reliable screening test would make it possible to provide earlier treatment.