Del J. DeHart, MD; Ramesh Avula, MD; Sivakumar R. Munnangi, MD
To the editors: Conditions reported to give false-positive results in enzyme immunoassays for Lyme disease include other spirochetal infections, viral infections (for example, Epstein-Barr virus), and autoimmune diseases (1). Most questions are resolved by appropriate clinical and laboratory evaluation (2). Enteroviral infections cause several characteristic syndromes, but are most often nonspecific or asymptomatic. Definitive diagnosis requires culture or serologic tests, or both. We report a case of aseptic meningitis that was caused by echovirus type 30 and that resulted in a transient false-positive result on an enzyme immunoassay for Lyme disease.
A 39-year-old man was admitted with a history of
DeHart DJ, Avula R, Munnangi SR. Echovirus Meningitis and False-Positive Lyme Test Results. Ann Intern Med. ;116:603–604. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-7-603_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(7):603-604.
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