No Evidence to Implicate Borrelia Burgdorferi in the Pathogenesis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy in the UK
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is endemic in several regions of the United Kingdom1. The initial manifestations of the disease are the characteristic skin lesion, erythema migrans, and symptoms of general malaise (stage 1). This may be followed weeks to months later by acute articular, cardiac and neurological manifestations (stage II). Months to years later intermittent or continuous attacks of mono/oligoarthritis may occur (stage III). Nearly half of all patients with stage II and III LB however do not report a preceding skin rash or tick bite2.
KeywordsDilate Cardiomyopathy Lyme Disease Borrelia Burgdorferi Lyme Borreliosis Erythema Migrans
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