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Kimberley Dean had already tested negative in Australia. The reason for the different results is complex, and hotly debated.A growing number of Australian GPs Image: Virginia Bear Australian GPs reveal diagnosing patients with Lyme disease by diagnosing patients with Lyme disease-from bacteria that are not even supposed.
Australia looks for antibodies to the two main Borrelia species found overseas. Dr Cheney says if there's a local Borrelia, it won't show up on Australian tests.
Lyme patients also say that their immune systems are not working properly. Stephen Graves says if a person is healthy when infected, their immune system will produce antibodies, which will show up on tests, even if that person later becomes very ill.
Stephen Graves also questions the results from one US lab where Australian samples have been tested. IGeneX Inc in California has its own system of interpreting the antibody tests, which it says will pick up many of the Lyme cases that other tests miss.
But Stephen Graves says that system does not meet Australian standards, and positive results could be cross reactions to other proteins in the blood.
IGeneX Inc also has a chequered past. IGeneX Inc says it is now compliant and has been for more than a decade.
So, back to the case of 18-year-old Kimberley Dean. Trevor Cheney: So we took the plunge.
We started treating her with doxycycline. Within one month her five years of abdominal pain had gone.
She had started eating. Within a couple of months her weight had gone up to 68 kilos. Di Martin: Trevor Cheney says he doesn't know if his patients have the classic Lyme disease, or another type of the Borrelia bug, or something else again; a Lyme-like disease.
Trevor Cheney: The bottom line is these are very sick people, they have been turned away, nothing was working, and they got better. I don't have any particular commitment to the L-word, Lyme, I don't give a damn. What I'd do know is that I've been in general practice of 15 years and I am motivated by a deep sense of guilt and shame for failing so many people.
Di Martin: In the absence of peer reviewed scientific evidence, GPs who come up with Trevor Cheney's conclusions face a backlash.