Germany Says No to IDSA Lyme Guidelines

29th April 2009


The German Society of Lyme Borreliosis submitted its objections to the IDSA Lyme disease review panel. The society protested the application of the IDSA guidelines in Germany, emphasizing the poor lab test sensitivity, persistence of the organism, and seriousness of the illness.

The submission states:

The Deutsche Borreliose-Gesellschaft (German Society of Lyme-Borreliosis) raises objections to the IDSA Lyme Guidelines published in 2006. The fundamental basis for our objections is that the implementation of the IDSA guidelines extends beyond the United States and into Europe. Accordingly, our ability to diagnose and treat patients with Lyme disease is being severely restricted by these guidelines, and we believe that the guidelines must be revised to provide greater flexibility in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease given the poor laboratory test sensitivity, the persistence of the organism despite adherence to IDSA protocols, and the seriousness of this illness.


The full text is in the attached pdf.


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6 thoughts on “Germany Says No to IDSA Lyme Guidelines

  1. At least in Germany people care about lyme patients. I have a positive Borrelia, Bartonella, and Ehlichia diagnosis + Test and I am still laughed at / told nothing is wrong with me…. I just happen to have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety, depression, fatigue, and many other things out of the blue at 24. Thats what doctors tell me. They give me painkillers and tell me to leave, to see a psychiatrist. They won’t give me antibiotics.

  2. The German government and the British should both be strongly commended for rejecting IDSA guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control
    has adopted these outrageous guidelines. The CDC is far and away the
    number one enemy of those who suffer from Lyme disease. This agency is
    living in fantasy land with respect to both diagnosis and treatment.

  3. im so happy to hear our fellow Lyme patients won’t have to suffer at the hands of IDSA like we do here in the US. People get more sick than they ever should and many die because of these inaccurate guidelines. Wake up IDSA! Have a conscience.

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