Cultivation of Borrelia burgdorferi from joint fluid three months after treatment of facial palsy due to Lyme borreliosis

Published Date
Journal
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Citation
J Infect Dis. 1988 Oct;158(4):905-6
DOI
10.1093/infdis/158.4.905
Authors
Schmidli J
Hunziker T
Moesli P
Schaad UB
Abstract

Lyme arthritis is a common manifestation of Lyme disease in the United States and in Europe. Thus far, Borrelia burgdorferi has been demonstrated in in synovial biopsy specimensand in joint fluid, but attempts to isolate and subculture the organism have failed. We report the case of a girl with Lyme disease, from whom we were able to isolate and propogate B.burgdoferi  from joint fluid and so then perform serological tests on this isolate.