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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Case 4

Slide 37

July 2010

So now let’s go on to our last case, which is a 20-year-old male from Wisconsin and on the right is shown the county of his residence which you can notice is right along the Mississippi river which separates Wisconsin and Minnesota states and this is an area known to be endemic for multiple tick borne diseases. He had previously received a kidney transplant and so he was on immunosuppressive therapy. And he now presented with fever, malaise, and headache. Lab testing showed lymphopenia and mildly elevated liver function tests, and a peripheral blood smear was negative for babesia parasites. Further testing was performed, including a serologic panel for babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Lyme disease and these were all negative. But, the physician was still concerned about an infectious etiology given that this patient was immunosuppressed, so a tick-borne disease PCR panel was also performed.

Case 4


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