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Re: How can the word "chronic" be used?

Posted: Thu 5 Oct 2017 19:53
by X-member
Researcher says tick-borne disease Borrelia has grown exponentially in Finland ... nd/9868492

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Borrelia, aka Lyme disease

People infected with Borrelia - which is also known as Lyme disease - suffer symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue and others. Left untreated, the infection can become chronic.

Re: How can the word "chronic" be used?

Posted: Thu 15 Mar 2018 13:17
by X-member
The Financial Implications of a Well-Hidden and Ignored Chronic Lyme Disease Pandemic
Marcus Davidsson
Economist and Independent Researcher
Received: 11 September 2017 / Revised: 11 December 2017 / Accepted: 22 December 2017 / Published: 13 February 2018

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If governments in the USA and Europe want to minimize future costs and maximize future revenues, then they should pay for IV antibiotic treatment up to a year even if the estimated cure rate is as low as 25%. The cost for governments of having chronic Lyme patients sick in perpetuity is very large.
An early stage Borrelia infection is known as acute Lyme disease and a late stage Borrelia infection is known as chronic Lyme disease.
The IDSA does not recognize chronic Lyme disease, nor do they recommend antibiotic treatment for chronic Lyme disease.
My comment: This Swedish layman, who also is a member of the Swedish Borreliosis- and TBE- association, who wrote this must be very confused!

Edit to add:

The term chronic (Lyme) borreliosis stands for late Lyme disease (stage 3) in Sweden and has always (from the beginning!) been treated with abx in Sweden. And persistent borreliosis after treatment is called persistent borreliosis in Sweden, and NOT chronic Lyme disease!

Re: How can the word "chronic" be used?

Posted: Fri 3 Aug 2018 17:34
by X-member
Disease (Wikipedia)

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Acute disease

An acute disease is a short-lived disease, like the common cold.

Chronic disease

A chronic disease is one that lasts for a long time, usually at least six months. During that time, it may be constantly present, or it may go into remission and periodically relapse. A chronic disease may be stable (does not get any worse) or it may be progressive (gets worse over time). Some chronic diseases can be permanently cured. Most chronic diseases can be beneficially treated, even if they cannot be permanently cured.

Re: How can the word "chronic" be used?

Posted: Mon 8 Apr 2019 0:10
by X-member
What does the NICE guideline for Lyme disease say? ... sease-say/

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In medicine, the word “chronic” means anything that lasts longer than 3 months. In some Lyme disease research and among some patient groups, the word is used with various definitions that are more specific or different from this. The result is that when someone says “chronic Lyme disease” it is not clear exactly what they mean. The guideline approaches each situation separately.
I could not have said better myself. ;)