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Morgellons

The Debate Over Morgellons continued...

Besides the CDC, other research teams have contributed to the debate on Morgellons.  

Previous case studies and research have suggested that Morgellons may be linked to Lyme disease. Some patients with signs and symptoms of Morgellons had tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

But according to Morgellons researchers at Oklahoma State University, there is no evidence to prove this theory. Likewise, there was no evidence of Lyme infection in any of the people in the CDC study.

A 2010 study found a potential link between Morgellons symptoms and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). More research needs to be done to further investigate this finding.

Morgellons appears similar to a condition seen in cattle called bovine digital dermatitis, which is due to an infection, according to a 2011 study. The study researchers say this provides evidence that Morgellons is not a delusional disorder.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 22, 2012

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