Lyme disease symptoms: Doctors told rash alone can diagnose condition - what to look for

LYME disease is a bacterial infection which is spread to humans by infected ticks. Blood tests have been available for some time to confirm or rule out the condition. But now health experts are advising doctors a ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone can diagnose Lyme disease.
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This case describes an unusual dermatologic presentation of Lyme disease, borrelial lymphocytoma, which is rare in the US but more common in Europe.Journal of Medical Case Reports
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In 2019, the tick testing program, headed by Upstate Professor Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, received 1,921 tick samples from July through late October. About 25 percent of the ticks were found to carry Lyme disease.
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Mitochondria, chloroplasts and several species of bacteria have outer membrane proteins (OMPs) that perform many essential biological functions. The β -barrel assembly machinery (BAM) complex is one of the OMPs of Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogenic spirochete that causes Lyme disease, and its BamA component (BbBamA) includes a C-terminal β -barrel domain and five N-terminal periplasmic polypeptide-transport-associated (POTRA) domains, which together perform a central transport function. In the current work, the production, crystallization and X-ray analysis of the three N-terminal POTRA domains of BbBamA (BbBam...
Source: Acta Crystallographica Section F - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Borrelia burgdorferi BbBamA-POTRA P1 – P3 crystallization research communications Source Type: research
In 2019, the Citizen Tick Testing Program, received 1,921 tick samples from July through late October. About 25 percent were shown to carry Lyme disease.
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Lyme disease (LD) is an increasing public health problem. Current laboratory testing is insensitive in early infection, the stage at which appropriate treatment is most effective in preventing disease sequelae. The Lyme Disease Biobank (LDB) collects samples from individuals with symptoms consistent with early LD presenting with or without erythema migrans (EM) or an annular, expanding skin lesion and uninfected individuals from areas of endemicity. Samples were collected from 550 participants (298 cases and 252 controls) according to institutional review board-approved protocols and shipped to a centralized biorepository....
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Immunoassays Source Type: research
The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease relies upon serologic testing. A standard or modified two-tiered testing algorithm is used to enhance the accuracy of antibody detection. However, this approach suffers from a lack of sensitivity in early Lyme disease. Ongoing efforts to develop more sensitive antibody detection technologies and other diagnostic approaches are dependent upon the availability of quality-assured biospecimens linked to reliable clinical data. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Horn et al. (E. J. Horn, G. Dempsey, A. M. Schotthoefer, U. L. Prisco, et al., J Clin Microbiol 58:e00032-2...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
As warm weather sends people outdoors, some are encountering tenacious pests. Ticks go for blood in the hardest-to-reach places on the human body and put you at risk for Lyme disease. Here's what you need to know about staying tick-safe.
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(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Physicians and the public should be aware of the different presentations of Lyme disease, as people spend more time outside in the warmer weather and as areas in Canada where the black legged tick is found expand. Three articles in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), which describe a fatal case in a 37-year-old man, atypical skin lesions in a 56-year-old woman and severe neurological symptoms in a 4-year-old boy, illustrate the diversity in presentations.
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Written by Pendell Meyers(with really great and thorough explanation of this finding by Ken Grauer).At my hospital, patients with any symptoms which could be vaguely interpreted as a possible stroke during the triage process are brought to the high acuity area and a provider is asked to do a " neuro check " , which involves a quick H and P and exam to determine if we should activate our stroke protocol.A man in his 70s was brought to me for a neuro check, and the triage providers commented that they were worried about a possible seizure as well. The patient was alert and oriented with normal vitals at triage. He ...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: blogs
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