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Lyme Disease: Emergency Department Considerations.

Authors
  • Applegren, Nathan D1
  • Kraus, Chadd K2
  • 1 School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Columbia, Missouri.
  • 2 Emergency Center, University Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of emergency medicine
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2017
Volume
52
Issue
6
Pages
815–824
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2017.01.022
PMID: 28291638
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The increasing prevalence and growing geographic reach of Lyme disease makes it critically important for emergency physicians to consider the diagnosis in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of LD and to initiate appropriate treatment to minimize the potential of delayed sequelae. Special consideration should be made for the epidemiology of LD and a high clinical suspicion should be present for patients in endemic areas or with known exposures to ticks. Emergency physicians can play a critical role in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of LD.

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