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Chronic Lyme disease and the 'Axis of Evil'.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19072179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lyme disease is a controversial illness, and the existence of chronic Lyme disease induced by persistent infection with the Lyme spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is the subject of continued debate. A recent publication defined the 'Axis of Evil' in this controversy as physicians who treat patients with needlessly prolonged courses of antibiotics, 'specialty laboratories' that perform 'inaccurate' Lyme testing and the internet, which promotes 'Lyme hysteria'. We examine the 'Axis of Evil' components in the context of diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for Lyme disease patients and their physicians, and we present an evidence-based refutation to this misguided view. Despite its virulent nature, the 'Axis of Evil' perspective is a useful starting point to resolve the controversy over Lyme disease.
Raphael B Stricker; Lorraine Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Future microbiology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1746-0921     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-16     Completed Date:  2009-02-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101278120     Medline TA:  Future Microbiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  621-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society, PO Box 341461, Bethesda, MD 20827-21461, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Borrelia burgdorferi / pathogenicity*
Lyme Disease / diagnosis*,  drug therapy*

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