Lymes disease and schizophrenia
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Biol Psychiatry. 1999 Mar 15;45(6):795. Borrelia burgdorferi central nervous system infection presenting as an organic schizophrenialike disorder. Hess A, Buchmann J, Zettl UK, Henschel S, Schlaefke D, Grau G, Benecke R. Department of Neurology, University of Rostock, Germany.
BACKGROUND: We report on a 42-year-old female patient who presented with a schizophreniform disorder and complete relief of symptoms after specific therapy.
METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid and magnetic resonance imaging findings led to the diagnosis of Lyme disease.
RESULTS: To our knowledge this is the first reported case with an exclusive psychiatric manifestation of Lyme disease.
CONCLUSIONS: In case of first manifestation of psychotic disorder, although neurological symptoms are lacking, Lyme disease should be considered and be excluded by cerebrospinal fluid analysis.