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Is serological follow-up useful for patients with cutaneous Lyme borreliosis?


Mullegger, R R; Glatz, M (2009). Is serological follow-up useful for patients with cutaneous Lyme borreliosis? Current Problems in Dermatology, 37:178-182.

Abstract

Serologic follow-up examinations are frequently performed in patients with erythema migrans, borrelial lymphocytoma, and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (the 3 dermatoborrelioses) to evaluate treatment efficacy. There is, however, substantial proof in the literature that antibody titer development after therapy is unpredictable and variable, and moreover it is largely uncorrelated with the clinical course and mode of antibiotic treatment. For example, persistent positive IgG and/ or IgM antibody titers do not indicate treatment failure. Thus, repeated serologic testing is of very limited value for assessing therapy efficacy, and therefore not recommended in the follow-up of dermatoborrelioses patients. Since cultivation of the etiologic agent, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and polymerase chain reaction are also inadequate for this purpose, the assessment of patients with cutaneous manifestations of Lyme borreliosis in the follow-up rests primarily on the clinical picture.

Abstract

Serologic follow-up examinations are frequently performed in patients with erythema migrans, borrelial lymphocytoma, and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (the 3 dermatoborrelioses) to evaluate treatment efficacy. There is, however, substantial proof in the literature that antibody titer development after therapy is unpredictable and variable, and moreover it is largely uncorrelated with the clinical course and mode of antibiotic treatment. For example, persistent positive IgG and/ or IgM antibody titers do not indicate treatment failure. Thus, repeated serologic testing is of very limited value for assessing therapy efficacy, and therefore not recommended in the follow-up of dermatoborrelioses patients. Since cultivation of the etiologic agent, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and polymerase chain reaction are also inadequate for this purpose, the assessment of patients with cutaneous manifestations of Lyme borreliosis in the follow-up rests primarily on the clinical picture.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Dermatology Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:08 Feb 2010 15:56
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 00:21
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1421-5721
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000213075
PubMed ID:19367102

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