A research was conducted by investigators from IDEXX to show the connection between tick-borne diseases and chronic kidney disease later in life of the veterinary patient.
The researchers say that most of the patients that tested positive for Lyme disease or Ehrlichiosis, had kidney problems later in life, even when they showed no symptoms at all.
For the research, they used results from patient’s database and conducted complete chemistry panels including a biomarker that can signal kidney disease, and urinalysis.
Patients that were “exposed” to infected ticks, were considered really exposed if they had at least one positive test for vector-borne diseases in their history.
Patients had chronic kidney disease if they had increased levels of SDMA and creatinine for the duration of at least 25 days consecutive, and abnormal values for the urine specific gravity.
Researchers also say that animals that lived in geographic areas where Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis are endemic were more exposed and thus with a higher prevalence of chronic kidney disease.
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