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Lyme disease - chronic persistent

  • Definition

    Chronic persistent Lyme disease is a late stage of an inflammatory disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. It is also called Stage 3, or tertiary, Lyme disease.

    See also:

    • Lyme disease
    • Lyme disease - early disseminated
    • Lyme disease - primary

    Alternative Names

    Tertiary Lyme disease; Stage 3 Lyme disease; Late persistent Lyme disease; Lyme arthritis


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick.

    Some people may not be treated for Lyme disease because they do not have any symptoms or their symptoms are mild. Chronic persistent Lyme disease may develop months or even years after the Lyme disease infection.

    Even people who were treated may develop chronic persistent Lyme disease.