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5-y follow-up study of patients with neuroborreliosis
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2002 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0036-5548, E-ISSN 1651-1980, Vol. 34, no 6, 421-425 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The objective of this follow-up study was to determine the long-term outcome of strictly classified cases of neuroborreliosis treated with antibiotics. A one-year prospective population-based survey of Lyme borreliosis was conducted in southern Sweden, between 1992 and 1993. A total of 349 identified cases with suspected neuroborreliosis were followed up 5 years later. Medical records were reviewed and all participants filled in a questionnaire. Of those classified with definite neuroborreliosis 114/130 completed the follow-up, of whom 111 had completed the initial antibiotic treatment. Of the 114 patients followed up, 86 (75%) had recovered completely and 70 (61%) had recovered within 6 months. Residual neurological symptoms such as facial palsy, concentration disorder, paresthesia and/or neuropathy were reported by 28/114. No significant differences between different antibiotic treatments were observed in terms of occurrence of sequelae. To conclude, we found that 25% (95% confidence interval 17-33%) of the patients suffered from residual neurological symptoms 5 years post-treatment. However, the clinical outcome of treated neuroborreliosis is favourable as only 14/114 (12%) of the patients had sequelae that influenced their daily activity post-treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment would seem to be of great importance in order to avoid such sequelae.

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Taylor & Francis , 2002. Vol. 34, no 6, 421-425 p.
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neuroborreliosis, ticks follow-up
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9875DOI: 10.1080/00365540110080421ISI: 000177058300005Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo7A99A490FB6F0157C1256E2A0030D37AOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-9875DiVA: diva2:837845
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2004-01-29 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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