Title: Tick-borne diseases: Challenge in diagnostics and therapies of chronic multiple infections
Biography: Armin Schwarzbach
Lyme-Borreliosis and coinfections are the chameleon of symptoms, laboratory test results and therapy options. Many patients can be infected by tick-bites with several bacteria (multiple infections). Symptoms of tick-borne diseases are not highly-specific for Lyme-Borreliosis or other coinfections (overlapping symptoms). The diagnostic approach should be done by modern and innovative laboratory tests with the highest sensitivity and specificity for each infection. The evasion from the immune system of pathogens plays an important role in the problems of diagnostic testing and therapies in the complexity of chronic multiple infections. Autoimmune disorders, many unexplained syndromes or cancer can be correlated with chronic multiple infections initiated by tick-borne diseases. This presentation aims to show symptoms and corresponding laboratory tests for tick-borne diseases, explaining the different diagnostic test systems and general therapy options for chronic multiple infections, respectively pathogen interactions and biofilms.