Clinical Trends for July 2017

Ryan Syrek


July 28, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (July 1-7): Lyme Disease

With many experts suggesting this "tick season" could be the worst ever, this week's top search term is not much of a surprise. Increased concerns about the Powassan virus have pushed tick-borne diseases into the "Lyme" light, as has concern about long-term antibiotic use and other treatments for chronic Lyme disease. Although evidence to support administration of prolonged antibiotics, immunoglobulin therapy, or other treatments in patients with chronic Lyme disease is considered insufficient, some clinicians prescribe them anyway, leading to serious harm. Just as the key to avoiding the disease itself is increased awareness, more information regarding appropriate treatment for Lyme disease is needed to avoid associated risks.

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