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The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Berg, D; Abson, KG; Prose, NS
Published in: Arch Dermatol
June 1991

Growing awareness of Lyme disease, caused by the tickborne spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi has led to a marked increase in laboratory procedures to help in its diagnosis. Despite the frequent ordering of serologic tests specific for Lyme disease, there remains confusion in the accurate interpretation of these tests. Because of the important cutaneous manifestations of B burgdorferi infection, dermatologists should understand the role of the laboratory in Borrelia-related conditions. This article reviews laboratory techniques available for the diagnosis of Lyme disease. The role of histologic findings and culture, the sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility of commonly used serologic tests, the effects of disease duration and treatment on serologic results, and the future of laboratory diagnosis are described.

Duke Scholars

Published In

Arch Dermatol

ISSN

0003-987X

Publication Date

June 1991

Volume

127

Issue

6

Start / End Page

866 / 870

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Serologic Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Lyme Disease
  • Humans
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Dermatology & Venereal Diseases
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Berg, D., Abson, K. G., & Prose, N. S. (1991). The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease. Arch Dermatol, 127(6), 866–870.
Berg, D., K. G. Abson, and N. S. Prose. “The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease.Arch Dermatol 127, no. 6 (June 1991): 866–70.
Berg D, Abson KG, Prose NS. The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease. Arch Dermatol. 1991 Jun;127(6):866–70.
Berg, D., et al. “The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease.Arch Dermatol, vol. 127, no. 6, June 1991, pp. 866–70.
Berg D, Abson KG, Prose NS. The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease. Arch Dermatol. 1991 Jun;127(6):866–870.

Published In

Arch Dermatol

ISSN

0003-987X

Publication Date

June 1991

Volume

127

Issue

6

Start / End Page

866 / 870

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Serologic Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Lyme Disease
  • Humans
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Dermatology & Venereal Diseases
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences