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66-year-old woman with acute kidney failure associated with Lyme disease

I will be discussing the case of a 66-year-old woman who ignored a Bull's eye rash, indicative of Lyme disease, and later developed acute renal failure.

This case was described by Mishra and colleagues  in the American Journal of Medicine .

She presented with a tick bite followed by a rash.  She ignored the tick bite and rash.

A month later she developed acute renal failure.  Her renal functions improved following hydration, antibiotics, and discontinuation of her losartan and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” the authors explain. 

Renal failure has been described in dogs but not in people.  The renal failure could have been related to other factors. Ignoring a tick and rash for a month could not have helped.

  1. Mishra AK, Hashmath Z, Oneyssi I, Bose A. Disseminated Erythema Migrans. Am J Med. 2020 Feb 13. pii: S0002-9343(20)30114-5.  For free access to case report.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32061730/

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