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Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2011 Jul-Sep;24(3):797-801.

Clinical and serological features of patients with suspected Lyme borreliosis.


Serology is currently the method of choice for the laboratory diagnosis of Lyme Borreliosis, but it must be interpreted with caution. A total of 954 patients with suspected Lyme borreliosis were evaluated on the basis of clinical and serological data. The seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies was 4.4% (42 of the 954 serum samples). The most frequent clinical manifestation was erythema migrans which occurred in 50% of the seropositive patients, followed by neuroborreliosis (16.6%) and arthritis (11.9%). Carditis was rare. Our findings suggest that for the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis, serologic tests need to be combined with clinical signs and symptoms.

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