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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Case 3

Slide 31

July 2010

Now let’s now move on to a short related case. A 41-year-old male presents to the emergency room with a tick he had just removed at his home and he presents the tick to the nurse for examination who notes that it is clearly engorged with blood. According to the patient, the tick was most likely acquired on a recent hike he had taken last week, and therefore, it was probably present for about 5 days. The patient now requests that PCR be performed on the tick so that he will know whether or not he has Lyme disease. And he also asks if he can receive antibiotic prophylaxis for Lyme disease.

Case 3


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