Common misconceptions about lyme disease

John Halperin, Phillip Baker, Gary P. Wormser

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Abstract

Lyme disease, infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, is a focally endemic tick-transmitted zoonosis. During the 3 decades since the responsible spirochete was identified, a series of misconceptions and misunderstandings have become widely prevalent, leading to frequent misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Persistent misconceptions concern the reliability of available diagnostic tools, the signs and symptoms of nervous system involvement, the appropriate choice and duration of antimicrobial therapy, the curability of the infection, and the cause of symptoms that may persist in some patients after treatment. Concern about disparate perspectives led the Institute of Medicine to review the subject. In this article we review the principal misconceptions, discussing their origins and the best currently available scientific evidence related to each one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Volume126
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Lyme Disease
Spirochaetales
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Borrelia burgdorferi
Zoonoses
Ticks
Infection
Diagnostic Errors
Nervous System
Signs and Symptoms
Therapeutics

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Halperin, John ; Baker, Phillip ; Wormser, Gary P. / Common misconceptions about lyme disease. In: American Journal of Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 126, No. 3.
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