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A case of Lyme disease in a Japanese woman

Authors Seki M, Watanabe Y, Kawabata H

Received 9 January 2018

Accepted for publication 16 March 2018

Published 26 April 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 625—628

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IDR.S162048

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Suresh Antony


Masafumi Seki,1 Yuji Watanabe,2 Hiroki Kawabata3

1Division of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital, Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan; 2Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital, Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan; 3Department of Bacteriology-1, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: This report presents the case of a Japanese patient who developed Lyme disease. The patient was a 44-year-old woman who had general fatigue and the inability to open her mouth. She was initially suspected of having mild tetanus with lockjaw; however, she reported a past history of a tick bite while camping in the USA and had erythema migrans 2 months before this visit. Finally, Lyme disease was serologically confirmed. A few cases of Lyme disease are annually reported in Japan; however, this infectious disease should also be suspected.

Keywords: Borrelia burgdorferi, Clostridium tetani, tetracycline, facial nerve palsy, erythema migrans

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