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Negativity of Borrelia burgdorferi serology in scleroderma en plaques.

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Abstract

The occurrence of morphea has been attributed to Borrelia, burgdorferi infection, but the relationship between localised scleroderma and borreliosis remains controverted. Antibodies directed against B. burgdorferi were looked for in 21 patients (18 female and 3 male, aged from 8 to 63 years) whose
disease had been present for 6 weeks to 13 years. One patient had a single morphea, two had monomelic scleroderma and 18 had multiple localised morpheas. The search for antibodies was conducted in these 21 patients and in 200 blood donors from the Paris region by indirect immunofluorescence techniques, using the CDC method where only antibody titers of 1/256 or more are significant. Serology was lower than 1/256 in 20 cases and equal to 1/256 in one case. Among the 200 blood donors, five (2.5%) had antibody titers of 1/256 or more. None of the patients studied had been exposed to tick bite due to their occupation or place of residence. We therefore found no evidence of a link between B. burgdorferi infection and morphea in the Paris region.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Ann Dermatol Venereol. 1989;116(8):539-42. English Abstract

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