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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 3 (1995), Issue 6, Pages 256-261
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S1064744995000755
Review Article

Lyme Disease and Pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southavestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas 75235-9032, TX, USA

Received 22 December 1995

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Abstract

Lyme disease is the most commonly transmitted vector-borne disease in the United States, with many regions of the country at risk. Like other spirochete-borne infections, Lyme disease progresses in stages, making diagnosis in the early stages of the illness and prompt treatment important for cure. An early diagnosis is made difficult by the less-than-ideal serologic tests and the varied clinical presentations of the disease. Although Lyme disease has been reported in pregnancy, the transmission rate to the fetus and potential harmful effects are largely unknown. This review discusses the diagnosis, clinical course, and treatment of Lyme disease with an emphasis on the pregnant patient.