JOSEPH DUFFY, M.D.; LESTER E. MERTZ, M.D.
Lyme disease is a multisystem disorder in which epidemiologic and serologic studies have confirmed a tick-transmitted spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, as the causal agent. The diagnosis of Lyme disease has depended on recognition of characteristic clinical symptoms and signs in a patient at risk for exposure to the pathogen by location of residence or travel in endemic areas. Once a diagnosis is established, effective and relatively low-risk antibiotic therapy is available for the treatment of all stages, with probable cure of chronic, erosive arthritis and possible prevention (or treatment) of devastating complications such as those described in the two case reports
DUFFY J, MERTZ LE. Serologic Testing for Lyme Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:458. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-458
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