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Can antibiotics cure Lyme disease?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Two key points about Lyme disease:
  • Active Lyme disease can persist after antibiotic therapy.
  • Active Lyme disease may occur in the absence of positive blood antibody tests. This condition, called false negative serology, may be more likely in people who received antibiotics very early in the course of infection.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America has stated that 3 weeks of antibiotics will cure "over 95 per cent" of people with Lyme disease. But many experts have challenged these treatment guidelines for Lyme disease as being inaccurate. As I see it, even if the Infectious Diseases Society of America's guidelines are accurate, they are grossly inadequate: a failure rate approaching 5 per cent for a curable disease is unacceptable.

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