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Association of lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type: Is it inflammation mediated?

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By D. W. Mattingley and M. M. Koola

Abstract
 
Lyme disease has been reported to be associated with various psychiatric presentations. Borreliaburgdorferi (Bb) can present with symptoms similar to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
 
It has been suggested that inflammation incurred during the Bb infection leads to neurodegenerative changes that result in schizophrenia-like presentations.
 
We report a case of a 41-year-old male with a past history of Bb infection who presents with psychosis. Later in the course of his hospitalization, he developed mood symptoms and was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type.
 
This case highlights the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with the unique presentation of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type in the setting of previous Bb infection.
 
Source: Mattingley DW, Koola MM. Association of lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type: Is it inflammation mediated? Indian J Psychol Med 2015;37:243-6

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