Empirically treated disease

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Cobwebby
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Empirically treated disease

Post by Cobwebby » Mon 30 Apr 2012 14:50

Many illnesses are clinically diagnosed and treated empirically. Why should lyme disease be any different?
In the absence of accurate and reliable laboratory tests it is hard enough to diagnose early lyme let alone chronic lyme.

My own "seizure disorder" was treated empirically by a mainstream neurologist. If my lyme disease had not been treated successfully I would still have that diagnosis and still be taking Keppra. I was told I would have to take it for the rest of my life-WRONG.

Other examples of diseases treated empirically:

Abstract
"Pulmonary disease is sometimes treated empirically as tuberculosis (TB) in the absence of microbial confirmation if the clinical suspicion of active TB is high."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250282
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"Empiric treatment for PID should be initiated in sexually active young women and other women at risk for STDs if they are experiencing pelvic or lower abdominal pain, if no cause for the illness other than PID can be identified"
http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/pid.htm
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Conclusions These data indicate that empirical antifungal treatment decreased the incidence of invasive fungal disease and of attributable mortality with respect to a pre-emptive antifungal approach in neutropenic febrile patients with hematologic malignancies. (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01069887)"

http://www.haematologica.org/content/96/9/1366.full

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"Non-infected ICU patients treated empirically for C difficile infection:"

http://www.biomath.info/Protocols/PGY2/ ... aGomez.pdf

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