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Blood Cultures for Patients with Extracutaneous Manifestations of Lyme Disease in the United States

John Nowakowski, Donna McKenna, Robert B. Nadelman, Susan Bittker, Denise Cooper, Charles Pavia, Diane Holmgren, Paul Visintainer and Gary P. Wormser

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 11, pages 1733-1735
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/648076
Blood Cultures for Patients with Extracutaneous Manifestations of Lyme Disease in the United States

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Spirochetemia in US patients with extracutaneous manifestations of Lyme disease is not well documented. In this study, blood culture results were positive for 5 (19.2%; 95% confidence interval, 6.6%-39.4%) of 26 untreated adult patients with extracutaneous manifestations but only for patients with clinical evidence for a short duration of infection.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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