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Spirochetes in atrophic skin lesions accompanied by minimal host response in a child with Lyme disease.

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Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, which has rarely been observed in the United States, is a late skin manifestation of
Lyme borreliosis. A 12-year-old girl who spent summers on Cape Cod presented with a 2-year history of hyperpigmentation and atrophy of the skin on the hands, wrists, and ankles. The skin biopsy specimen of an affected area showed mild dermal fibrosis, a few inflammatory cells, and spirochetes morphologically compatible with Borrelia burgdorferi. An IgG antibody response to B. burgdorferi could be elicited by immunoblotting, but not by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We conclude that this patient had chronic
Lyme borreliosis manifested only by indolent infection of the skin.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1991 Aug;25(2 Pt 2):395-7. Case Reports; Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.

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