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Inside Lyme Podcast with Dr. Daniel Cameron

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You are listening to a show dedicated to discussing actual cases. Dr. Cameron has been treating adolescents and adults with Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections for more than 30 years. The advice given is general and not intended as specific advice as to any particular patient. If you require specific advice, you will need to seek that advice from an experienced professional.

You are listening to a show dedicated to discussing actual cases. Dr. Cameron has been treating adolescents and adults with Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections for more than 30 years. The advice given is general and not intended as specific advice as to any particular patient. If you require specific advice, you will need to seek that advice from an experienced professional.

Location:

United States

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You are listening to a show dedicated to discussing actual cases. Dr. Cameron has been treating adolescents and adults with Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections for more than 30 years. The advice given is general and not intended as specific advice as to any particular patient. If you require specific advice, you will need to seek that advice from an experienced professional.

Language:

English

Contact:

914-666-4665


Episodes

Abdominal pain, ileus and constipation due to Lyme disease

5/28/2021
I will be discussing the case of a 65-year-old woman with abdominal pain, ileus/pseudo-obstruction and constipation due to Lyme disease. This article was written by Zulfiqar and colleagues in the journal Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. The doctors initially hospitalized her for a suspected stroke based on her 7th nerve palsy, sometimes called Bell's Palsy. The brain CT and MRI were negative. They next suspected herpes zoster infection. She was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease...

Duration:00:07:52

Lyme disease symptoms in toddler attributed to child abuse

5/20/2021
I will be discussing a 4-year-old toddler with Lyme disease who was reported to the local County Social Services for Children and Youth. This article was written by Pan and colleagues in the journal Case Rep Orthop. He presented to his pediatrician with a swollen knee, potential forearm fracture and a bruise on his buttocks. He was placed in foster care. The doctors determined he had Lyme disease . He was returned to his home. 1. Pan T, Nasreddine A, Trivellas M, Hennrikus WL. Lyme...

Duration:00:07:26

Babesia microti in a Multiple Sclerosis patient

5/11/2021
I will be discussing findings from a 54-year-old male with a 12-year history of multiple sclerosis who was diagnosed with Babesia microti. This article was written by Haberli and colleagues in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. He failed treatment with 4 different disease modifying drugs ─ glatiramer acetate, natalizumab, dimethyl fumarate, and fingolimod. He was lost to followup for 6 years. He was seen again 12 years after the onset of his multiple sclerosis. The...

Duration:00:10:28

What does a Lyme disease rash look like?

5/3/2021
I will be discussing findings from a study which examined 271 Lyme disease patients with erythema migrans (EM) rashes. This article was written by Rebman and colleagues in the journal Infection. The authors concluded “Given that EM remains a clinical diagnosis, it is essential that both physicians and the general public are aware of its varied manifestations.”" 1. Rebman AW, Yang T, Mihm EA, et al. The presenting characteristics of erythema migrans vary by age, sex, duration, and body...

Duration:00:16:27

B cell suppressive led to a delayed diagnosis of Lyme disease

4/28/2021
I will be discussing a 20-year-old girl with a 3 year history of multiple sclerosis treated with B cell suppressive therapy . She was prescribed two biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). This article was written by Sjowall and colleagues in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. She was initially prescribed tocilizumab, marketed in the US as Actemra. Tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody blocks signals from IL-6 receptors them, is a monoclonal antibody against the...

Duration:00:10:12

What do Ebola, COVID-19, and Lyme disease have in common?

4/21/2021
I will be discussing two children ill with both Lyme disease and Mono. In this episode, I will be reviewing a topic that was recently featured in Vox Magazine by author Julia Belluz.1 The article, “Long COVID isn’t as unique as we thought” reviews some commonalities between patients with post-COVID-19 symptoms and those with other chronic illnesses. In her article, she describes the case of Dr. Craig Spencer, who experienced long-term symptoms after contracting Ebola in late 2014 while...

Duration:00:11:22

Two children ill with both Lyme disease and Mono.

4/8/2021
I will be discussing two children ill with both Lyme disease and Mono. This case was described by Koester and colleagues in the journal Clinical Medicine & Research. Mono and Lyme disease are common diseases. What happens when child living in an area endemic for Lyme disease has both conditions? These are not the first time patients with both mono and Lyme disease. Koester and colleagues described a study where 52 patients tested positive for Lyme disease and Mono. Koester and...

Duration:00:11:23

Young child with a “false brain tumor” due to Lyme disease

4/1/2021
I will be discussing a unique case involving a 9-year-old boy with a pseudotumor cerebri due to Lyme disease This case was described by Ezequiel and colleagues in the journal BMJ Case Rep. . Pseudotumor cerebri means “false brain tumor” because its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors. It's also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension. The boy was admitted to the hospital with “daily pulsatile frontotemporal headache, pallor, photophobia and phonophobia, without...

Duration:00:08:48

Lyme disease patient left with tinnitus and hearing loss

3/25/2021
I will be discussing a unique case involving a 46-year-old Lyme disease patient who was left with tinnitus and hearing loss. This case was described by Jozefowicz-Korczynska and colleagues in the journal Frontiers in Neurology . A 46-year-old male farmer was hospitalized with a “sudden onset of tinnitus and hearing loss in the left ear, dizziness, severe balance instability, and gait ataxia,” wrote the authors. (Gait ataxia consists of lack of voluntary coordination of muscle...

Duration:00:11:46

Secondary normal pressure hydrocephalus due to Lyme disease

3/18/2021
I will be discussing a unique case involving a 67-year-old man involving a patient who slowly began having difficulties with his balance. This case was described by Gimsing and colleagues in the journal Gimsing A 67-year-old man developed multiple symptoms over a 3- to 4-month period. He complained of balance problems, diffuse dizziness, urinary urge-incontinence, problems concentrating and with finding words, increased irritability, sore muscles of the arms muscles and around the neck, a...

Duration:00:08:53

Focus on COVID-19 leads to delayed diagnosis of Lyme disease

3/8/2021
I will be discussing a unique case involving a 67-year-old man whose diagnosis of Lyme disease was delayed because clinicians suspected his symptoms were due to COVID-19. This case was described by Novak and colleagues in the journal Case Rep Infect Dis. In July 2020, the man presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 with chills, body aches, fever, headache, and neck ache. He was encouraged to be quarantined. Six weeks later he developed an erythema migrans (EM) rash. He was...

Duration:00:11:19

Involuntary body movements due to Lyme disease dismissed as psychosomatic

3/5/2021
I will be discussing the case of a man in his 70’s with Lyme disease with radicular pain and involuntary movements This case was described by Li and colleagues in the journal BMJ Case Reports . He developed a large EM rash and a tick while visiting Czech. He was not diagnosed or treated for Lyme disease. Threes later he developed radicular pain and involuntary movements. He was was initially diagnosed as a functional disorder also referred to as a psychogenic disease. In other words his...

Duration:00:15:04

66-year-old woman with acute kidney failure associated with Lyme disease

2/23/2021
I will be discussing the case of a 66-year-old woman who ignored a Bull's eye rash, indicative of Lyme disease, and later developed acute renal failure. This case was described by Mishra and colleagues in the American Journal of Medicine . She presented with a tick bite followed by a rash. She ignored the tick bite and rash. A month later she developed acute renal failure. Her renal functions improved following hydration, antibiotics, and discontinuation of her losartan and nonsteroidal...

Duration:00:13:58

43-year-old man with meningitis and radiculitis due to Lyme disease

2/19/2021
In this episode, I discussed a unique case involving a 43-year-old man with neurological manifestations of Lyme disease including both meningitis and radiculitis. This case was described by Dabira in the journal Neurology International. He first presented with an atypical rash. Within two weeks he presented with a broad range of symptoms “including cough, fever, anorexia, malaise, fatigue, myalgias, cervicalgia/neck stiffness with flexion and extension, mild photophobia, headache,” the...

Duration:00:14:07

7-year-old girl with PANDAS and Lyme disease

2/11/2021
This case involves a 7-year-old girl who developed multiple physical and neuropsychiatric symptoms six months after vacationing in a tick endemic region of the US. I first read about this case by Cross and colleagues in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. The patient’s symptoms were extensive, Jones explains, and included “dramatic declines in cognitive functioning, concentration, and ability to focus, a loss of math skills, the onset of dysgraphia and difficulty with social cues,...

Duration:00:17:46

Delayed onset Babesia case

2/7/2021
The man had been diagnosed with the tick-borne illness Babesia in Florida 10 weeks after travelling to New York. Initially, he presented with a 4-day history of fever, generalized weakness, and flu-like symptoms. I first read about this case by Patel and colleagues in the journal Cureus . His fever was 104.8 F. His hemoglobin dropped from 9.3g/dL to 6.7g/dL within 5 hours. He was diagnosed with hemolysis and transfused with 2 units of packed red blood cells. A peripheral blood smear...

Duration:00:15:10

Lyme disease manifests as abdominal pain in a young child

1/29/2021
At age 8, the boy had been hospitalized for severe abdominal pain and underwent extensive testing. But results were negative. His abdominal pain remitted over the next two months. One year later, the boy became ill again with new symptoms. “He experienced learning difficulties with attention deficit and irritability, in addition, he developed difficulty in walking,” wrote the authors. He was diagnosed with Lyme disease by blood and spinal tap. He was successfully treated with 6 weeks of...

Duration:00:18:27

ALS or Lyme disease for a 63-year-old man?

1/24/2021
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease. “In July 2018, that is, within six months, he developed paraparesis of both arms and also suffered from cramps in the shoulder girdle and hand muscles,” wrote the authors. “By August 2018, the patient was severely impaired in everyday life activities.” I first read about this case by Wirsching and colleagues in the journal Clinical Case Reports. His spinal test was positive for...

Duration:00:11:35

Are you reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

1/14/2021
I have Lyme disease patients in my practice who are concerned with COVID-19. I also have Lyme disease patients who are reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The reluctance to take a vaccine has been called vaccine hesitancy. A vaccine was introduced in the late 1990 to prevent Lyme disease. The Lyme disease vaccine was quite effective at preventing a Lyme disease rash. The Lyme disease was only 50% effective at preventing neurologic and neuropsychiatric manifestations of Lyme disease...

Duration:00:15:52

A 61-year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer followed by Lyme disease.

1/10/2021
a 61-year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and later Lyme disease. The woman underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. I first read about this case in the journal Diagnostics by Ørbæk and colleagues. One year later, she developed leg and back pain so severe that narcotics would not even alleviate her pain. There was no evidence of a recurrence of her cancer. She was diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. You can hear more about these cases through his...

Duration:00:10:20