Armin Alaedini at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and his colleagues have found that patients diagnosed with post-Lyme disease syndrome have antibodies that suggest they carried the infection for an unusually long time. The finding, published in Clinical Immunology, might help the syndrome to be better understood, diagnosed and treated.
Bockenstedt is quoted in the article, saying, "This is the first study I've seen that shows some immunologic difference between someone who resolves their Lyme and someone who develops post-Lyme disease syndrome."
I highly recommend everyone checks it out, supporters and naysayers alike: The finding suggests that patients with chronic symptoms have experienced a prolonged infection.
Epitope mapping of antibodies to VlsE protein of Borrelia burgdorferi in post-Lyme disease syndrome. Abhishek Chandra, Norman Latov, Gary P. Wormser, Adriana R. Marques, and Armin Alaedini. Clin. Immunol. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clim.2011.06.005 (2011)
I'm withholding any further comments on the content of the paper until I read the full text, but am open to discussing the contents and context of the article from Nature in comments.
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