Lyme carditis mimicking giant cell arteritis

  • Krati Chauhan | kchauhan85@siumed.edu Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL, United States.

Abstract

Presenting an interesting case of a patient who complained of myalgias, fatigue, headache, jaw claudication and scalp tenderness. Patient’s physical examination was unremarkable. Laboratory findings showed elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein, bilateral temporal artery biopsy results were negative and first degree atrioventricular block was seen on electrocardiogram. Serology for Borrelia burgdorferi was positive; patient was diagnosed with Lyme carditis and treated with doxycycline. Lyme is a tick-borne, multi-system disease and occasionally its presentation may mimic giant cell arteritis. On follow-up there was complete resolution of symptoms and electrocardiogram findings.

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Published
2015-10-13
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Keywords:
Lyme carditis, giant cell arteritis, Borrelia burgdorferi
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Chauhan, K. (2015). Lyme carditis mimicking giant cell arteritis. Rheumatology Reports, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/rr.2015.6023