martes, 17 de mayo de 2011

Deer tick bacteria DNA in joint fluid not reliable marker of active lyme arthritis

New research shows that polymerase chain reaction testing for Borrelia burgdorferi DNA�the spirochetal bacteria transmitted by deer ticks�in joint fluid may confirm the diagnosis of Lyme arthritis, but is not a reliable indicator for active joint infection in patients whose arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy.

Findings of this study are published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology .


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