Isolation of Borrelia burgdorferi from the blood of seven patients with Lyme disease.

Nadelman RB1, Pavia CS, Magnarelli LA, Wormser GP.


Culturing blood for B. burgdorferi may be useful in confirming the diagnosis of Lyme disease in selected patients. Use of spirochete blood cultures may facilitate a better understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of Lyme disease."