Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease
Misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is common.
The bacteria that cause the illness are hard to detect with current lab tests.
- People often test positive for Lyme disease when in fact they have a different bacterial illness.
- People may test positive because they were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria at some point during their lives, but the infection may not be active and may not cause any illness.
- People may test negative when they actually have been infected.
Symptoms of Lyme disease sometimes closely resemble those of other illnesses.
- Chronic Lyme disease, for instance, has symptoms very similar to those of several other chronic illnesses, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Multiple sclerosis and arthritis also have symptoms similar to Lyme disease.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology|
|Last Revised||August 21, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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