LeRoy, NY - An update on some of the students in the LeRoy school district came from Rosario Trifiletti on Thrusday. Trifiletti is the downstate doctor who came to LeRoy in January to treat the students with tourettes-like symptoms.
While the patients continue to be treated, Dr. Trifiletti says he has completed his lab work. The test results show:
- a common strep bacteria in five of the nine patients
- an agent that commonly causes a mild pneumonia-like illness in eight of the nine patients
- two patients met CDC diagnostic criteria for Lyme disease
- patients are responding to treatment
- a PANDAS-like illness is a very likely medical diagnosis
- Doctors from Dent Neurologic in Buffalo disagree with this and say conversion disorder, which is neurologic in nature, is to blame
Below is the full press release from Dr. Trifiletti regarding the results of his lab testing:
"I continue to work with a PANDAS-like diagnosis. The lab work is now complete on all nine of the patients I examined on January 29, 2012 and has shown evidence of infection by either Streptococcus Pyogenes (the common strep throat bacterium, found in five of nine patients) or Mycoplasma Pneumonia (a bacteria-like agent that is a common cause of a mild pneumonia-like illness, found in eight of nine patients). Two patients also meet CDC diagnostic criteria for Lyme disease. They are being treated appropriately according to the infectious agents found and are responding to treatment. In my opinion, these objective findings, which would be exceedingly unlikely to occur by chance alone, support my diagnosis of a PANDAS-like illness. I must remain open to another possibility such as mass psychogenic illness, which can never be supported or refuted by objective findings. However, given the clinical and laboratory data, I find a PANDAS-like illness a very likely medical diagnosis in these children. I hope to see the teenagers again soon, but given that I am doing house calls from some two hundred miles away, it requires extraordinary planning. In the meantime, I remain in close contact with their parents."