First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Jocelyn JerneganFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Mark Jareb Dr. Amanda Moras

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

The prevalence and difficulty in diagnosing patients with Lyme disease has generated great concern as patients are left with chronic conditions that impair their ability to function in daily activities. While there is a clear consensus surrounding acute Lyme disease, the chronic form remains highly controversial, for it is this form that comes with misdiagnoses and failed treatments. As a result, patients experience stigma, financial issues, and psychological symptoms due to the burdensome search for help. Physicians do not view chronic Lyme disease as an existing disease or do not have the education to treat chronic Lyme disease, thus patients lack support and feel isolated. The endless appointments and treatment attempts leave patients and their families with increasing medical bills. These sociological and financial impacts create this negative experience which leads to the development of psychological symptoms that only worsen one’s condition. Thus there is a need for more efficient testing to be established and to eliminate these burdens. With methods such as the Lyme multiplex PCR-dot blot assay, Lyme immunoblot, and line immunoblot, patients can finally achieve an accurate diagnosis.

College and Major available

College of Arts and Sciences, Biology

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Honors Capstone HN-300, Dr. Mark Jareb and Dr. Amanda Moras

Location

Session F: West Campus West Building W223I

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 12:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

Students' Information

Jocelyn Jernegan: Biology major, Honors and Chemistry minor, 2022

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Apr 29th, 12:00 PM Apr 29th, 1:00 PM

Why Don’t Many Physicians Believe in Chronic Lyme Disease? The Sociological and Psychological Impact This Places on Patients and the Need for Higher Sensitive Testing

Session F: West Campus West Building W223I

The prevalence and difficulty in diagnosing patients with Lyme disease has generated great concern as patients are left with chronic conditions that impair their ability to function in daily activities. While there is a clear consensus surrounding acute Lyme disease, the chronic form remains highly controversial, for it is this form that comes with misdiagnoses and failed treatments. As a result, patients experience stigma, financial issues, and psychological symptoms due to the burdensome search for help. Physicians do not view chronic Lyme disease as an existing disease or do not have the education to treat chronic Lyme disease, thus patients lack support and feel isolated. The endless appointments and treatment attempts leave patients and their families with increasing medical bills. These sociological and financial impacts create this negative experience which leads to the development of psychological symptoms that only worsen one’s condition. Thus there is a need for more efficient testing to be established and to eliminate these burdens. With methods such as the Lyme multiplex PCR-dot blot assay, Lyme immunoblot, and line immunoblot, patients can finally achieve an accurate diagnosis.

 

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