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Title: Vasculitis-like syndrome associated with Borrelia lusitaniae infection
Author: Lopes de Carvalho, Isabel
Fonseca, J.E.
Marques, J.G.
Ullmann, A.
Hojgaard, A.
Zeidner, N.
Núncio, M.S.
Keywords: B. lusitaniae
Clinical Manifestations
Human Isolate
Lyme borreliosis
Estudos de Vectores e Doenças Infecciosas
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Dec;27(12):1587-91. Epub 2008 Sep 16
Abstract: We report the isolation of Borrelia lusitaniae from a 13-year-old female child presenting with a vasculitis syndrome. The patient was treated with doxycycline, 100 mg bid for 20 days, and is in remission after a follow-up of 2 years. These results should alert clinicians to the fact that B. lusitaniae may be pathogenic in humans, highlighting that patients may be seronegative or present with minimal positive antibody titres and clinical signs that are not specific for Lyme borreliosis. In order to prevent the occurrence of more serious disease manifestations via timely treatment, the analysis by molecular methods may be a useful approach when antibody titres are uninformative.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0770-3198
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