LYME DISEASE TOOLKIT – Royal College of General Practitioners

  Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi. It occurs worldwide, is increasing in incidence and is the most common vector-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. Whilst early recognition and treatment lead to resolution of the illness for many patients, late or missed diagnosis may result in persistent, debilitating symptoms. Although Lyme disease symptoms may often be non-specific and difficult to recognise, heightened awareness amongst primary care clinicians will increase the likelihood of patients receiving early and effective treatment. Clinicians should be aware of the genuine scientific uncertainties and on-going research in relation to both diagnosis and treatment of this disease.  This toolkit is a user-friendly guide to Lyme disease for general practitioners and other health care professionals. Patients and the general public may also find it helpful.  Key facts Introduction – Ticks and Lyme disease Diagnosing Lyme disease Testing for Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections Treating Lyme disease Persistent symptoms and misdiagnosis Lyme disease uncertainties and research Resources for education, training and quality improvement Support for patients, carers and the general public Information for NHS managers and commissioners The Lyme disease toolkit has been developed in partnership with the Clinical Innovation And Research Centre. Please send any comments or suggestions to circ@rcgp.org.uk. https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/lyme-disease-toolkit.aspx?fbclid=IwAR05qlI8cMkbXrpeNeAfw1v4QqfJys2kwWJhvE4LoC-OdimocZSB7mX-Kxc#.XORtThbF8og.twitter...

Neil Spector MD, Oncologist, his views and comments on Tick-borne illnesses from his personal experience-

“To me, Lyme is the infectious disease equivalent of cancer. We don’t talk about cancer as just one disease anymore, and we should stop talking about Lyme this way. There are so many strains and co-infections. When you are bitten by a tick, you can get five or ten different infections at the same time. I also find it ludicrous to call all tick-borne disease, Lyme Disease. In breast cancer, we don’t just say, ‘You have breast cancer’,”because that simply doesn’t mean anything anymore. The language is important because it has a bearing on treatment. With cancer, we know that administering one algorithmic form of treatment doesn’t work. You have to understand the wiring that drives those tumors, the nuances, the mutations–and target them specifically. I think we need to start thinking this way about tick-borne diseases”.   -Neil L. Spector, MD. USA, Oncologist, and heart transplant recipient due to a tick...

The Royal College of General Practitioners – Lyme Spotlight Project

This RCGP spotlight project focuses on raising the profile of Lyme disease in general practice and thereby increase awareness and improve patient outcomes. It was launched in May 2018 and will support primary care clinicians in developing clinical skills and expertise aimed at improving early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of the condition.  Included will be GP workshops and the development of an easily accessible on-line toolkit. The first Lyme Spotlight GP workshop will be held on Monday 12th November :   https://rcgpportal.force.com/s/lt-event?site=a0d0Y00000AeOP6QAN&id=a1U1n00000G7S3IEAV   Vis-à-Vis Symposiums are pleased to be represented in the steering group of this...

INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES (ICD) UPDATED FOR LYME DISEASE.

Although most Lyme Disease Guidelines including NICE failed to recognise Dementia caused by Lyme Disease the World Health Organisation and United Nations do. The ICD codes were recently revised and the ICD11 Report was formally adopted in June 2018 by the United Nations and its implementation will begin in 2019. To view enter Lyme in the search on this link and a drop down will appear  https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en#/    ...