Pancytopenia in Lyme disease

BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Mar 4;2014:bcr2013201079. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-201079.

Abstract

We present a 49-year-old man with subacute onset of fever, weakness, shortness of breath, unilateral lower extremity oedema and pancytopenia who was found to have positive serology for Lyme disease. The patient presented with an intravascular haemolytic pattern on laboratory findings where an extensive infectious disease and haematological workup ruled out ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, HIV, hepatitis B and other parasitic infections. This left a very atypical presentation of Lyme disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / complications
  • Lyme Disease / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancytopenia / etiology*