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How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Lyme disease can ...

Cause a so-called aseptic meningitis similar to many viruses.
The cerebrospinal fluid changes cannot easily be distinguished from other causes but antibody assays can make the diagnosis of lyme borreliosis.

In brief: Lyme disease can ...

Cause a so-called aseptic meningitis similar to many viruses.
The cerebrospinal fluid changes cannot easily be distinguished from other causes but antibody assays can make the diagnosis of lyme borreliosis.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Detailed testing

Lyme disease is caused by an agent that gets into the body usually from a tick bite.
Growing the agent from culture is very difficult. Examination of spinal fluid is usually negative. Specific blood testing can detect antibodies that indicate the infection. The agents likes cranial nerves and peripheral nerves and can cause long term pain and disability. It is treatable with specific drugs.

In brief: Detailed testing

Lyme disease is caused by an agent that gets into the body usually from a tick bite.
Growing the agent from culture is very difficult. Examination of spinal fluid is usually negative. Specific blood testing can detect antibodies that indicate the infection. The agents likes cranial nerves and peripheral nerves and can cause long term pain and disability. It is treatable with specific drugs.
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
In Lyme meningitis, the CSF is clearly abnormal similar to the abnormalities in viral meningitis.
Dr. William Goldie
CSF culture is negative is what I meant. Agree rest looks like viral or aseptic.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Testing

Lyme disease can sometimes cause an inflamation of the coverings of the brain ( meninges) and thus cause meningitis.
Meningitis is a location specific process and can be caused by a number of bacteria, viruses & other agents. Lyme disease usually presents by affecting other parts of the body. Blood & spinal fluid tests can define the cause of meningitis.

In brief: Testing

Lyme disease can sometimes cause an inflamation of the coverings of the brain ( meninges) and thus cause meningitis.
Meningitis is a location specific process and can be caused by a number of bacteria, viruses & other agents. Lyme disease usually presents by affecting other parts of the body. Blood & spinal fluid tests can define the cause of meningitis.
Dr. James Ferguson
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