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Presence of Borrelia burgdorferi“Sensu Lato” in patients with morphea from the Amazonic region in Brazil
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2011
© 2011 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 50, Issue 11, pages 1373–1378, November 2011
How to Cite
Santos, M., Ribeiro-Rodrigues, R., Talhari, C., Ferreira, L. C. L., Zelger, B. and Talhari, S. (2011), Presence of Borrelia burgdorferi“Sensu Lato” in patients with morphea from the Amazonic region in Brazil. International Journal of Dermatology, 50: 1373–1378. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05081.x
- Issue published online: 18 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2011
Background In the present study, Borrelia spirochetes were found in four (26,6%) out of 15 patients with Atrophoderma of Pasini and Pierini (IAPP) and lichen sclerosis et atrophicans (LSA) from the Brazilian Amazon Region.
Material and methods Borreliosis was investigated by immunohistochemistry and focus floating microscopy for Borrelia burgdorferi in skin biopsy samples from 15 patients with both clinical and histopathology evidences compatible with Morphea, LSA, and IAPP.
Results Spirochetes were detected by specific immunohistochemistry and focus floating microscopy for B. burgdorferi in samples from three patients. A limitation of our study was the fact that we were not able to isolate and culture these organisms.
Conclusion Our data confirm the presence of borreliosis cases in the Amazon.