Cancer connection chronic lyme disease co-infection ehrlichiosis often ignored
Cancer Connection -Chronic Lyme DiseaseCo-infection Ehrlichiosis often ignored:Cancer Connection -Chronic Lyme DiseaseCo-infection Ehrlichiosis often ignored:Because Ehrlichiosis is rarely tested for, chronic Ehrlichiosis patients are widelymisdiagnosed with autoimmune disorders or other chronic diseases with similarsymptomologies. Symptoms of associated with Ehrlichiosis can include high fever,headache, chills, in addition to muscular aches and pains. These closely mimic those ofother tick-borne diseases.Key Points on EhrlichiosisEhrlichiosis is caused by rickettsial-type (specific bacteria) organisms and comes in twospecific forms: Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (HME) Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE)The bite of the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma Americanum) bite is said to be the origin ofHME, while HGE has been linked to both Deer tick (Ixodes Scapularis) and Westernblacklegged tick (Ixodes Pacificus) bites. The dog tick (Dermacentor Variabilis) is knownto transmit both HME and HE varieties of Ehrlichiosis.
The ticks that pass Ehrlichiosis are also Lyme disease transmitters so those whocontract the disease should immediately be tested for Lyme as well – the likelihood isgreat.Can Ehrlichiosis be Spread in Blood Transfusion? Yes!Unlike some other blood-borne pathogens, Ehrlichiosis and other tick borne infectionscan be passed on through transfusions. This happens as the demand for blood supplylimits testing to hepatitis and HIV. Lyme and its co-infections are suspected to exist ingreat numbers among donors and their resultant transfusion supplies.Ehrlichiosis – Creating Central Nervous System ProblemsIn routine central nervous system (CNS) radiological studies, analyses of cerebrospinalfluid (CSF) samples are seldom pursued. Typically, such tests are prompted only whenprimary care physicians detect specific symptoms or signs that tip the need for moreinformation. In such circumstance when CSF samples were examined (in 15 of 57patients,) 8 of the 15 were found abnormal. The most common abnormalities foundamong the abnormal 15 percent were lymphocytic pleocytosis and elevated proteinlevels.Ehrlichiosis – Cancer ConnectionThere are four bacteria known to survive and propagate within human neutrophils andtheir bone marrow origins - Ehrlichiosis is one of them.This tick-transmitted rickettsialpathogen, anaplasma phagocytophilum, is a causative agent of human granulocyticanaplasmosis and is found in the direct family line of Ehrlichiosis.About 70 percent of all white blood cells are neutrophils – cells considered to beunsuitable hosts by intracellular bacteria as they are short-lived and serve as primarydefense cells, armed with significant antimicrobial apparatus.A. phagocytophilum infection can alter neutrophil functions and result in clinical disease.Moreover, this infection can inhibit or retard apoptosis, oxidative burst, andphagocytosis, while activating degranulation and cytokine/chemokine production – oftenleading to cancer. At this time it is impossible to say how many infections are cancercausatives, but this one certainly seems to have a link suggesting that leukemia andother lymphatic cancers are catalyzed by epigenetic shifts resultant of Ehrlichiosis.Choi KS, Grab DJ, Dumler JS (2004) Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection induces protracted neutrophildegranulation. Infect Immun 72: 3680–3683.Ehrlichiosis and Immune system problems in Patients:The zoonotic illness Ehrlichiosis is caused by Ehrlichia species - bacteria that aredecidedly pleomorphic, intracellular, rickettsia-like organisms.[2-4] Ehrlichia present a