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Case report
Lyme carditis – a bitter lesson or a delayed diagnostic success – a case report

Marta Legatowicz-Koprowska, Aneta I. Gziut, Jarosław Jezierski, Jakub Ząbek, Dariusz Lipowski, Ewa Walczak, Monika Prochorec-Sobieszek, Robert J. Gil, Teresa Wagner
Kardiol Pol 2007;65(10):1228-1230.

open access

Vol 65, No 10 (2007)
Other
Published online: 2007-10-29
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

Lyme carditis is a well known disorder; however, its diagnosis still remains a challenge because of varied clinical picture, low incidence rate and difficulties in detection of the aetiological agent (Borrelia burgdorferi). We report a case of a 60-year-old man with a 2.5-year history of dilated cardiomyopathy, recurring episodes of acute heart failure and arrhythmias which finally were diagnosed as Lyme carditis. The diagnosis was confirmed by endomyocardial biopsy that revealed spirochetes as well as by serological tests which showed complexed Borrelia antibodies. The patient responded to treatment with ceftriaxone and doxycycline.

Abstract

Lyme carditis is a well known disorder; however, its diagnosis still remains a challenge because of varied clinical picture, low incidence rate and difficulties in detection of the aetiological agent (Borrelia burgdorferi). We report a case of a 60-year-old man with a 2.5-year history of dilated cardiomyopathy, recurring episodes of acute heart failure and arrhythmias which finally were diagnosed as Lyme carditis. The diagnosis was confirmed by endomyocardial biopsy that revealed spirochetes as well as by serological tests which showed complexed Borrelia antibodies. The patient responded to treatment with ceftriaxone and doxycycline.
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Keywords

Lyme carditis; dilated cardiomyopathy; arrhythmias; histopathology

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Title

Case report
Lyme carditis – a bitter lesson or a delayed diagnostic success – a case report

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 65, No 10 (2007)

Pages

1228-1230

Published online

2007-10-29

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2007;65(10):1228-1230.

Keywords

Lyme carditis
dilated cardiomyopathy
arrhythmias
histopathology

Authors

Marta Legatowicz-Koprowska
Aneta I. Gziut
Jarosław Jezierski
Jakub Ząbek
Dariusz Lipowski
Ewa Walczak
Monika Prochorec-Sobieszek
Robert J. Gil
Teresa Wagner

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