VIDEO: Brain Scans Show People With Lyme Disease Have Elevated Markers Of Widespread Brain Inflammation

By Johns Hopkins Medicine •

Editor’s Note: The authors of this video mistakenly attribute brain inflammation and the symptoms caused by chronic Lyme disease to “Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.” (PTLDS) Research shows that people labeled with PTLDS actually have ongoing Borrelia infection in the brain and rest of the body. However, this video accurately reveals the extent to which chronic Lyme disease causes brain inflammation. ,

More than 1 in 10 people successfully treated with antibiotics for Lyme disease go on to develop chronic, sometimes debilitating, and poorly understood symptoms of fatigue and brain fog that may last for years after their initial infection has cleared up. Now, in a small study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have used an advanced form of brain scan to show that 12 people with documented post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) all show an elevation of a chemical marker of widespread brain inflammation, compared with 19 healthy controls.


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