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bacterial infection detector

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by ruben, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. ruben

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    I think this may have been mentioned else where. On BBC last week a programme called "The doctor who gave up drugs" spoke about a gadget which detects if a person has a bacterial infection. Does anyone know if this is easily readily available.
     
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    How is it supposed to work?
     
  3. ruben

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    The doctor in the programme said the machine measures inflammation markers in the blood. It made me think about where someone said that KDM found 90% of people he saw had a bacterial infection.
     
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  4. Jonathan Edwards

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    The test is almost certainly the c-reactive protein blood test which is one of the most routine blood tests. But the results are usually normal in ME/CFS.
     
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    Yes it was and from memory I think he said that if it was over a certain figure it could indicate infection. Not sure but it might have been 10 on the meter.

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  6. trishrhymes

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    Thank you, I was wondering about it too. It's so helpful to have medical input on things like this, otherwise threads can end up with endless speculation.
     
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  7. ruben

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    Yes, the initials were CRP, and I think they said a reading over 20 indicated a bacterial infection. I was just wondering then how KDM found 90% of us had a bacterial infection.
     
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    My CRP was high, the one time it was tested. Dutch doctors didn't seem interested.
     
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