The presence of anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in a group of multiple sclerosis patients in eastern Sicily. Preliminary data.

P. di Bella, M. L. Calisto, S. Calimeri, R. Squeri, C. Anzalone, D. Lo Giudice, P. Bramanti

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Abstract

The authors evaluate the presence of anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in a group of polysclerotic patients of Eastern Sicily, in order to verify or dismiss a correlation between Borrelia infection and demyelinizing syndrome. 460 samples of serum were examined, of which 60 belonged to patients affected by definite multiple sclerosis; the other 400 were taken from a group of apparently healthy subjects. From the analysis of the data obtained it can be seen that of the 60 polysclerotic subjects examined, 12 equal to 20% were found to be positive for the presence of IgG anti-Borrelia burgdorferi, while in the control group 30 subjects were found to be positive, equal 7.5%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurologica
Volume15
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1993

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di Bella, P., Calisto, M. L., Calimeri, S., Squeri, R., Anzalone, C., Lo Giudice, D., & Bramanti, P. (1993). The presence of anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in a group of multiple sclerosis patients in eastern Sicily. Preliminary data. Acta Neurologica, 15(4), 253-257.