Comprehensive Lyme Disease Program

Connecticut Children's Division of Rheumatology's Comprehensive Lyme Disease Program is the only one of its kind in the country. The program is a unique resource for families and for referring providers with patients with complex issues surrounding Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment.

LymeDisease_DrZemel_177px.jpg Directed by Lawrence Zemel, MD, Chief of Rheumatology at Connecticut Children's, the program is staffed by a multidiscliplinary team that includes pediatric subspecialists from neurology, infectious diseases, orthopaedics, cardiology, pain medicine and behavorial health. The entire team meets monthly to discuss complicated cases.

How it works

Families can schedule an appointment directly, or via their primary care provider.

To schedule an appointment directly, call 860.545.TICK (8425)

  • Our medical assistant will gather some quick information, ask for any previous lab results or physician reports, and set up an appointment. Most initial appointments will be with either a pediatric rheumatologist or a pediatric infectious disease specialist.
  • Expect to spend 1 to 1.5 hours for the initial evaluation. A questionnaire will be completed, and the child or teen will be examined by our Lyme Disease experts. Additional lab studies will be ordered.
  • Once all the information is collected and reviewed by our team, a determination will be made whether the patient has Lyme Disease. The child may then be referred to a different member of the Lyme Disease team, such as neurology or cardiology.
  • If the child is determined not to have Lyme Disease, we will pursue other diagnostic tests. A referral may be made to orthopaedics, neurology, the pain program, or psychiatry, depending on the ultimate diagnosis.

In any event, no child will be dismissed without comprehensive and compassionate care.