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.
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
J Infect Dis. 1988 Oct;158(4):905-6