Le Roy Mystery Disease Update: 2/23/2012: There is one constant in this entire Mystery Disease saga- the amazing dichotomy between two doctors viewpoints as to why nearly two dozen in Le Roy New York have contracted strange Tourette-like tics and twitches.
Dr. Mechtler, leading neurologist of Buffalo’s Dent Institute is on record saying that he is treating most of the Le Roy students (refers to them as “my patients” in this video). Dr. Mechtler continues to maintain the diagnosis of Conversion Disorder (AKA mass hysteria). But Dr. Trifiletti who released another press release update yesterday, is also stating that he is treating most of the girls. Are they both treating the girls? One of the Doctors says no:
LE ROY, NY TEENS: UPDATE FROM DR. TRIFILETTI Ramsey, NJ — February 22, 2012 — (requested to be viewed in its entirety):
Rosario Trifiletti, MD issued the following statement today regarding the teens he is treating in Le Roy, NY. National attention was drawn to the plight of the teens when they were suddenly afflicted with uncontrollable bodily movements sometimes described as tics.
“I continue to work with a PANDAS-like diagnosis. The lab work is now complete on allnine 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.”
I’ve looked everywhere for an exact number from Dr. Mechtler as to how many girls from Le Roy he is actually treating but to no avail. Could it be that he is treating others who are suffering from Conversion Disorder and just lumping them all in the same pile?
If you haven’t seen Trifiletti’s first press release go here. In it he say’s:
“When asked to comment on the continued insistence by Dr. Laszlo Mechtler that the girls have conversion disorder (or mass hysteria as Dr. Mechtler originally stated), Dr. Trifiletti said, “I’m confused by that because he’s never actually seen or interviewed any of the nine girls I examined.”
What do you make of all of this? I’m looking forward to hear what you think.