Long Term effects of chronic lyme in KIDS

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    Memory and executive functions in adolescents with post-treatment Lyme disease.

    Patrick McAuliffe, Marla R. Brassard, Brian Fallon

    Applied Neuropsychology, Volume 15, Issue 3 July 2008, pp. 208 - 219.


    Although adults with late stage post-treatment Lyme disease often experience difficulties in memory, little is known about the
    relationship between cognition and Lyme disease in children and

    Twenty-five adolescents with late stage post-treatment Lyme disease (symptoms > 6 months) and 25 participants without Lyme disease (matched on gender, IQ, age, socioeconomic status) were assessed for neuropsychological functioning, depression, school functioning, and predisease academic achievement.

    The Lyme group had significant deficits in cognition (short-term
    visual memory, short-term and delayed verbal memory, all forms of recognition memory), as well as worse attendance, grades, and subjective reports of memory problems, without differing in predisease achievement or depression.

    Deficits in visual memory exceeded deficits in verbal memory - a
    striking difference from what is reported in adults. These results
    reveal that adolescents with a history of treated Lyme disease are at risk for long-term problems in cognition and school functioning.