Somatic symptom disorder should be suspected in children with alleged chronic Lyme disease

Francesca Peri, Daniela Nisticò, Giuliana Morabito, Alessandro Occhipinti, Alessandro Ventura, Egidio Barbi, Giorgio Cozzi

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Abstract

We report a case series of seven children admitted to a tertiary level pediatric ward for long-lasting physical symptoms with a previous diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease. In these children, medical history and clinical features were strongly suggestive of a psychopathological disorder, mainly a somatic symptom disorder.What is Known:• There is an increasing number of diagnoses of chronic Lyme disease both in North America and in Europe. Adults receive this diagnosis to explain chronic physical complaints often with negative history and serology.What is New:• Somatic symptom disorder should be suspected in children and adolescents with non-specific symptoms diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1300
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Volume178
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2019

Keywords

  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Doctor shopping
  • Somatic symptom disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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