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A woman claims that years of misdiagnosis and improper treatment led to her husband suffering severe effects from Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a blood-borne disorder spread by tick bites. She claims her husband suffered a bout of pneumonia after suffering a tick bite. The man has a painful spinal cord growth called perichordoma which has made him wheelchair dependent. Lyme disease is blamed for this growth as well as his neurological damage, loss of vision and memory loss. Lyme disease is easily treated with antibiotics if caught in the early stages but untreated can lead to extreme fatigue, joint or muscle pain, facial paralysis, heart damage, psychological disturbances, stomach problems, neurological disorders, blindness, deafness and possible even death. The condition is often misdiagnosed to the symptoms mimicking other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, seizure and arthritis. The Lyme disease foundation claims that 37,865 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Pennsylvania since 1980.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Scranton Times Tribune
About: Misdiagnosed Lyme disease leaves man with severe neurological damage
Date: 16 May 2005
Source: Scranton Times Tribune
Author: Joe Sylvester
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