Lyme and Crohn’s

About four months ago a 12 year old girl who had crohn’s and was in remission came to see me because she had a relapse of her crohn’s after two years in remission. She presented with severe abdominal pain ( like 10/10 in severity). Her evaluation in the possible causes of her relapse yielded a positive Lyme titer- showing exposure. She was treated with Doxycycline and now a few months later dad reports that her abdominal pain is minimal.

Take home lesson- One of the triggers of what we call Crohn’s disease, can be lyme and its coinfections which include bartonella, mycoplasma, ehrlichia, anaplasma, and rocky mountain spotted fever. In a person with a predisposition to autoimmune disease and a family history of autoimmune disease, these infections could trigger the autoimmune process.

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3 thoughts on “Lyme and Crohn’s

  1. Since you’re talking about these infection/disease connections, What do you think about the hypothesized connection between heart disease and LPS derived inflammation as from Chlamydophila pneumoniae infection?

  2. Not really. I was hoping you might know more. 🙂

    I’ve been very interested in following the microbiome research and associated release of LPS from overgrowth of gram negative microbes. As a result of all my poking around, I found this web site about two weeks ago: http://www.cpnhelp.org/.

    Also, this guy thinks his heart disease problems were caused by a C. Pneumoniae infection. He also mentions lyme disease here in connection with Borrelia Burgdorferi: http://www.potbellysyndrome.com/

    To see what I referred to, expand 7. Treatment and click on the “Germs” tab.

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