A man who suffered a massive CT scan on the eve of his 70th birthday was diagnosed with Lyme disease a few weeks later.
The patient’s son, who asked to remain anonymous, said that on March 10 the patient, who was in his 80s, fell ill with a headache and went to his doctor complaining of fatigue.
“They asked him if he had a fever.
He told them he had fever, so they gave him a CT.
Then he woke up the next day with a massive headache,” the son told the newspaper.
“He was in a lot of pain and couldn’t eat, and the pain was so severe that it affected his ability to breathe.”
The patient had a CT sent to him that showed a huge clot that had formed in his right lung, which caused his heart to fail, the son said.
The hospital sent the patient to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a private hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors diagnosed him with Lyme Disease.
The son, however, said he did not know the patient’s exact age, but that he believed the patient had been in his late 70s.
Doctors said the patient is expected to recover in about two weeks.
Doctors at the Israeli Medical Center for Advanced Care in Jerusalem said the condition is a result of a CT being sent too soon and it is too early to determine whether the patient has the disease.
“This is the most serious case of Lyme disease we’ve seen in the last three years,” said Dr. Omer Avraham, who heads the center’s Lyme disease department.
Avraham said that in about one-third of all cases, the patient does not have the disease and the patient who suffers the disease does not die.
“We have no way of knowing if the patient will be able to function or even recover,” Avraham said.
“There are so many different causes of Lyme, including infections, infections of the brain and other causes.”
In the United States, about 5 million people are infected with the disease each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 2.7 million people with Lyme illness in the country.