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Serologic Diagnosis of Lyme Disease

Patient Case

Slide 2

May 2008

What I’d like to do is get started with a patient case that I think will help to illustrate several key points as we move through the presentation. This case is of a 15 year-old boy who was in his normal state of good health when he developed fever, fatigue and myalgia of 3 days duration. Upon review of the patient’s history the primary care provider noted that he had returned with his family from a vacation in northern Minnesota. The boy’s mother indicated that her son had tick exposure during the trip.

The care provider suspects possible Lyme disease in this patient. The question that the care provider was faced with in this case, and the question we will address in this presentation, is what laboratory testing can be used to support a clinical suspicion of Lyme disease?

Patient Case


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