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Age and symptoms of Lyme disease.

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Abstract

AIM:

Comparison of clinical symptoms in
Lyme disease (LD) in various age groups.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

150 patients with verified LD were divided into 4 age groups: under 15 years (group 1), 16-40 years (group 2), 41-60 years (group 3), over 60 years (group 4). Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorteri were detected with indirect immunofluorescence and Western blot.

RESULTS:

LD clinical symptoms differed in the age groups. Patients of group 1 had more prevalent infectious syndrome with fever but they had no radiculoneuritis and polyneuritis. Patients of group 2 more frequently suffered of carditis and secondary erythema. Groups 3 and 4 were characterized by infectious syndrome, secondary erythema and aseptic meningitis, joint lesions being more frequent in group 3, nervous system lesions–in group 4.

CONCLUSION:

Age peculiarities of LD symptoms are very important. In particular, joint syndrome is responsible for lingering course of LD.

Ter Arkh. 2000;72(11):30-3. Comparative Study; English Abstract

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