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Conference Abstract

Title:Psychiatric Aspects of LD & the Use of SPECT Imaging
Authors:Fallon BA
Conference:10th Annual International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD April 28-30, 1997
Presenter:Brian A. Fallon, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.
The NYS Psychiatric Institute

Several controlled studies have demonstrated that adults with LD experience depression or irritability more commonly than patients with other diseases or normal controls. In addition reports have associated LD with a vast array of psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses, mania, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, and anorexia nervosa. In children with neurologic LD, disturbances of behavior or mood are frequently reported, second in frequency only to headaches. Results from our center and others indicate that although mood disorders are common, so too are disorders of attention in both adults and children. In this talk, the results of four studies will be presented: an epidemiologic community study of psychiatric disorders among children; a clinical study of adults and children with LD using structured diagnostic interviews; a series of adults with LD tested with SPECT imaging at two points in time; and a series of adults with Lyme encephalopathy tested with Xenon regional cerebral blood flow at two points in time. The diagnostic and therapeutic implications of these findings will be discussed.

Unique ID: 97LDF031

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