Sin Hang Lee also commented about the CDC article in the MMWR which gives 5 anecdotal cases of Chronic Lyme patients who didn’t benefit from IV treatment.

 

Sin Hang Lee, director of Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory stated this:

Marzec and colleagues presented five “chronic Lyme disease” patients who did not benefit from additional antibiotic treatment when the diagnoses of “chronic Lyme disease” were made on the basis of clinical symptoms and signs (www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistesting/) or by unvalidated tests. The authors have not presented evidence to show that chronic Lyme disease patients with borrelial spirochetemia proven by culture or by gene sequencing do not benefit from additional antibiotic treatment. In medicine, certain chronic infections, such as subacute bacterial endocarditis, may require intravenous or prolonged antibiotic treatment [1] in spite of its potential side effects.

The CDC should give the practitioners a case definition of Lyme disease, as for Ebola and Zika.

Conflicts of Interest: Sin Hang Lee, MD is the director of Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory specialized in developing DNA sequencing-based diagnostic tests.

References 1. Hoen B. Epidemiology and antibiotic treatment of infective endocarditis: an update. Heart 2006 ;92 :1694-700. Review.