Congenital Lyme Disease: Dr. Ann Corson

Below is some information about Congenital Lyme disease taken from Dr. Ann Corson’s power point:

http://www.lymedisease.org/resources/children_pdf/CorsonPediatricLymeTalk.pdf

Congenital Lyme disease

  Infants can be infected with Borrelia transplacentally in any stage of pregnancy and/or via mother’s breast milk.

  The co-infections: Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma and perhaps even the Ehrlichias may be transmitted transplacentally to the developing fetus.

 Gestational Borreliosis can be associated with repeated miscarriages, fetal death in utero, fetal death at term (stillbirths), hydrocephalus, cardiovascular anomalies, intrauterine growth retardation, neonatal respiratory distress, “sepsis” and death, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, cortical blindness, sudden infant death syndrome and maternal toxemia of pregnancy.

  Borrelia spirochetes have been found at autopsy in fetal brain, liver, adrenal glands, spleen, bone marrow, heart and placenta

 None of the infected tissues showed any sign of inflammation

  Maternal antibiotic treatment during pregnancy does not guarantee that the fetus will be free of infection

  Mothers with Lyme disease should be treated throughout pregnancy

 Infants either infected congenitally or from breast milk can have:

 Floppiness with poor muscle tone

 Irritability
 Frequent fevers and illness early in life
 Joint sensitivities and body pain
 Skin sensitivity
 Gastro esophageal reflux
 Developmental delays
 Learning disabilities and psychiatric problems

  Infants infected congenitally can have  Small windpipes (tracheomalacia)

 Eye problems (cataracts)

 Heart defects

  Infants infected with breast milk as well as infants bitten very early in life will have many of the same symptoms as congenitally infected babies

  Infected infants often show a loss or decline in previously acquired developmental milestones and become slower at learning new skills

 

 

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