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Lyme disease misdiagnoses increasing

Jun 22, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

According to a report released on June 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increasing number of patients in New York and the rest of the United States who have confusing medical symptoms are being diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. They are also being prescribed dangerous, expensive and ineffective treatments. There have been cases in which patients have died from septic shock after being given the wrong, long-term treatment of intravenous antibiotics. For other patients, the misdiagnosis results in a dangerous delay of the treatment necessary to address the patient’s true underlying medical condition.

The inaccurate diagnosing of chronic Lyme disease has been occurring for many years. However, the increasing intensity and scope of some of the treatment during the past few years is concerning to public health clinicians and officials.

Some treatments, which include the administering of intravenous antibiotics for months and years at a time, have not been proven to be effective. The results from studies indicate that extended courses of intravenous antibiotic can cause significant harm and can be fatal. There are unconventional and alternative treatments some patients may use. These include stem cell transplants, consuming garlic supplement, intravenous infusions of hydrogen peroxide and electromagnetic frequency treatments. Chronic Lyme disease can be a confusing term as it has been used to refer to a variety of conditions. Some health care providers may diagnose chronic Lyme disease in patients who are experiencing generalized pains, neurological symptoms and fatigue.

An attorney who practices medical malpractice law may assist patients who received negligent medical treatment that resulted in a worsened condition resulting from unnecessary treatment. Damages sought could include reimbursement of medical expenses.