Neurologic complications of Lyme disease

0.5 CME. Many patients with Lyme disease develop neurological complications from the infection. This presentation focuses on small fiber neuropathy secondary to Lyme disease. It also discusses immune mechanisms implicated in the post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) and reduced cerebral blood flow as a potential etiology for the cognitive complaints that are common in patients with PTLDS.

Peter Novak, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, Autonomic Laboratory
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Many patients with Lyme disease develop neurological complications from the infection. This presentation focuses on small fiber neuropathy secondary to Lyme disease. It also discusses immune mechanisms implicated in the post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) and reduced cerebral blood flow as a potential etiology for the cognitive complaints that are common in patients with PTLDS.

Learning objectives:

  1. To be familiar with the neurological complications of Lyme Disease
  2. To understand the concept of PTLDS
  3. To understand the current status including immune mechanisms in PTLDS

This enduring material activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The term of approval begins on 03/6/2021 and expires 03/5/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved for 0.5 AAFP-prescribed credits.

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