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Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Aug;38(8):1157-60.

Lyme disease in a 74-year-old forest owner with symptoms of dermatomyositis.

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Zentrum Innere Medizin und Dermatologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany.

Abstract

We describe a 73-year-old forest owner with widespread erythema, myalgia, and proximal muscle weakness. The clinical signs and the results of electromyography, magnetic resonance imaging, and a muscle biopsy were consistent with dermatomyositis. However, serology was positive for Borrelia burgdorferi. More importantly, B burgdorferi DNA was detected in skin by polymerase chain reaction techniques, and spirochete-like organisms were detected in the muscle by silver staining. Lyme disease with muscle involvement can mimic or trigger dermatomyositis and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of dermatomyositis.

PMID:
7639814
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780380820
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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