Lyme disease serology in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Lyme disease is sometimes part of the differential diagnosis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Herein we report on 414 individuals with ALS at the Massachusetts General Hospital who underwent laboratory testing for Lyme disease. Twenty-four (5.8%) were seropositive, but only 4 (0.97%) had confirmed past immunoreactive infection. Two of these patients received ceftriaxone for 1 month without clinical improvement. Lyme disease was rare in 414 patients with ALS and is not likely to be causative.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Qureshi, M; Bedlack, RS; Cudkowicz, ME

Published Date

  • October 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 626 - 628

PubMed ID

  • 19697382

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-639X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mus.21438


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States