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A 27-year-old female asked:

My daughter(6 yr old) has had lyme disease since birth and has been complaining of heart pain, but tests show its normal. what am i to do now?

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Dr. Lourdes margarita Landron-garcia
Family Medicine 10 years experience
New test: You can check for nagalase test, cbc, macrophage , how are the t and b . I suppose they check chest x/r, or only are you referring the lime d lab coming normal
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Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 25 years experience
Re-test her...: Lyme disease since birth? Requires the bite of a deer tick carrying borrelia burdorferi bacteria. There are lots of false positives for the bacteria using the elisa technique, get a western blot assay, just like in aids virus testing. Antibiotics should kill it, doxycycline. Lyme causes conduction system problems, the "wiring" of the heart, but should not cause prolonged chest pain.
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Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 34 years experience
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So bands 23 & 41 were pos. by Western blot. The CDC requires five bands to be positive to make the diagnosis and 41 is considered non-specific for Lyme. This guy has treated over 10,000 children with Lyme disease, http://www.PersonalConsult.com./, Dr. Schaller. You could also try Extracorporeal Photopheresis with UV light to kill it if antibiotics don't work.
Sep 18, 2012
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
?: I am confused by your question in 3 ways: first, according to the most up to date research, there is no association supporting a link between lyme disease and preg, adverse fetal outcomes or cardiac malformations. Secondly, once tx'ed, lyme disease is no longer present. Third, children with c/o heart pain are usually c/o of chest pain which is muscular or lung related. Can you give more info?
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