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By Wright D • www.ProHealth.com • May 1, 2001


Abstract

PURPOSE: To review the presentation, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease in primary care.

DATA SOURCES: Selected articles from the scientific literature and the Centers for Disease Control.

CONCLUSIONS: Lyme disease is a tick-borne, multisystem inflammatory disease with worldwide distribution caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is initially characterized by a spreading, annular erythema migrans skin rash and can disseminate to the musculoskeletal, neurologic, or cardiovascular system. Stages of the disease present with varying clinical manifestations.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Treatment of Lyme disease with appropriate antimicrobial therapy should be prompt in order to avoid debilitating outcomes. Awareness of the many presentations of Lyme disease in endemic areas may facilitate a timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2001 May;13(5):223-6; quiz 227-8. Review





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