Mitral valve dysfunction from Lyme carditis

Man being examined with stethescope for mitral valve problems from Lyme carditis.
Lyme carditis is an uncommon but important manifestation of Lyme disease. In their study, Malik and colleagues describe the case of a young man with Lyme carditis with left ventricular dysfunction and valvular involvement occurring one week after a tick bite. [1]

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Can pets harbor ticks, even in the winter?

A dog with ticks sitting in the woods in the winter season.
A recent study utilized TickSpotters, a photograph-based crowdsourced surveillance program to identify a variety of tick species found on domestic pets throughout the year. The findings revealed that ticks, although typically thought to pose a health risk in the spring and summer, are present in colder months, including in the winter.

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Lyme disease triggers vertigo and hearing loss

woman with lyme disease and vertigo sitting and holding head
Vertigo (spinning sensation or feeling off balance) and hearing loss have been reported in several studies as symptoms of Lyme disease. One study found 4 out of 27 patients with neurologic Lyme disease experienced hearing loss.¹ Vertigo was reported in 5 out of 8 Lyme disease patients (62.5%) by Selmani et al.² Additionally, investigators suggest that vertigo can be the predominant symptom in patients with confirmed Lyme disease -- its symptoms resembling neuronitis vestibularis in the acute stage.³

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Tick bite leads to multiple co-infections

Man in hospital bed with co-infections from a tick bite.
In their case report “One man, three tick-borne illnesses” Grant and colleagues describe a 70-year-old man who was admitted to the emergency department with ongoing fevers, ankle edema and nausea. [1] One month earlier he noticed a small raised red lesion on his left ankle, which he believed was an insect bite.

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Single tick bite leads to 3 diseases in elderly woman

Health aid helping old woman in bed who had a tick bite and Lyme disease.
In their article “Triple Tick Attack,” doctors describe the case of a 74-year-old woman living in Connecticut who developed three tick-borne diseases as the result of a single tick bite. While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness, ticks can transmit other bacterium, causing various “co-infections,” which can be difficult to diagnose.

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Bell’s palsy due to Lyme disease misdiagnosed, patient bedridden

Woman in hospital bed with Bell's palsy due to Lyme disease.
In their study “Bilateral Facial Nerve Palsy in a Young Woman From West Bengal: Do Not Forget Lyme Neuroborreliosis,” Kayal and colleagues describe the case of a 23-year-old woman, living in India, who was misdiagnosed with bilateral facial nerve palsy. [1]

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Can Lyme disease cause bone loss?

man with lyme disease having leg bone examined by doctor
Arthritis is a well-known manifestation of Lyme disease. And although studies have detected Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) by culture and PCR in bone and marrow of humans and dogs,¹ little is known about the effects of Bb infection on bone tissue, outside articular surfaces.

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Does Lyme carditis differ in children vs. adults?

lyme carditis in child being examined by doctor
In their article, “Lyme Carditis in Hospitalized Children and Adults, a Case Series,” Shen and colleagues compare, for the first time, the presentation, management, and outcomes of Lyme carditis in the pediatric versus adult populations.

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Clinical presentation of Lyme disease in patients living in Germany

Lyme disease presentation in man from Germany holding his hands over his face.
In their article, entitled “Neuropsychiatric and Psychological Symptoms in Patients with Lyme Disease: A Study of 252 Patients,” Hündersen and colleagues describe the clinical presentation, diagnostic process and treatment regimens for 252 Lyme disease patients. [1]

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TMJ arthritis triggered by Lyme disease

woman with TMJ from Lyme disease holding her jaw
A case report by Weise and colleagues demonstrates that Lyme disease can induce temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and may be misdiagnosed as a common temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

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