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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Lyme Disease: Diagnostic Approach

Slide 24

July 2010

Now as mentioned by Dr. Binnicker in part 1 of this hot topic, the diagnosis of Lyme disease is often clinical, and is based on symptoms and objective clinical findings such as the classic “bulls-eye rash” which is otherwise known as erythema migrans and other suspicious symptoms such as facial palsy and arthritis. Laboratory testing is generally not recommended when patients present with erythema migrans or they lack symptoms, exposure history, or they’re from a nonendemic area. But in this case, the patient does have symptoms, even though are not classic and the family does live in an endemic area.

Lyme Disease: Diagnostic Approach

 


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