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Evaluation, Treatment, and Follow-up of Patients With Lyme Disease

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 17, 2017 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) )
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ) Identifier:
First received: December 11, 2001
Last updated: April 20, 2017
Last verified: March 17, 2017

This study is designed to establish a population of patients with Lyme disease for evaluation, treatment and follow-up to learn more about the infection.

Patients with active Lyme disease may be eligible for this study.

Participants will have a medical history and physical examination and diagnostic evaluations as appropriate to their individual condition. Laboratory tests may include routing blood and urine tests, X-rays, or other imaging studies, body fluid or tissue cultures, skin biopsy and tests for allergic or immune responses. Treatment will include only medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, given according to accepted dose schedules and ways of taking the medicines. All diagnostic tests and treatments will be according to standard medical practice for the disease. No experimental procedures will be offered under this protocol.

Patients will be followed as needed for evaluation and treatment of their condition. In general, they will be asked to return at the end of therapy, then 3, 6 and 12 months later, and then every 6 to 12 months. More frequent visits may be required or less frequent visits may be allowed, depending on the individual s condition.

Participants may be asked to undergo the following additional procedures for research purposes:

  • Extra blood draws to study Lyme disease and other inflammatory conditions. Blood will be drawn from arm veins. The total amount drawn during any 6-week period will not exceed 450 cc (30 tablespoons) for adults and 7 cc (1/2 tablespoon) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight for children under 18 years of age.
  • Leukapheresis to collect large numbers of white blood cells. Whole blood is collected through a needle in an arm vein, similar to donating blood. The blood circulates through a machine that separates it into its components, and the white cells are removed. The rest of the blood is returned to the body through the same needle. Only adults 18 years of age and older will be asked to undergo leukapheresis.

Lyme Disease

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Evaluation, Treatment and Follow up of Patients With Lyme Disease

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ):

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: November 21, 2001
Detailed Description:
Lyme disease is a multisystem illness caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and it is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States. This protocol is designed to offer evaluation, therapy and follow up to patients with Lyme disease. This is a natural history study, which has the objective of developing a rigorously defined population of patients with Lyme disease to serve as the basis of research in multiple aspects of the infection. These research sub-projects have emphasis in exploring the biological markers of Borrelia infections, assessment of clinical course and outcomes of patients with Lyme infection, and the immunological response to B. burgdorferi infection.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Clinical diagnosis of active Lyme disease at the time of the initial NIH evaluation based on the CDC case definition.
  • Subjects must maintain a private physician for non-protocol related medical complaints and for emergency medical treatment required for these or other of their disorders.


  • Post treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
  • Unacceptably poor compliance, which, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with one's ability to study or provide quality medical care for the patient.


  • Age 18 years or above.
  • Weight greater than 110 pounds.
  • No known heart, lung, kidney disease, or bleeding disorders.
  • Negative HIV, HCV and HBsAg serologies.
  • Female subjects should not be pregnant or nursing.
  • Patients will have a CBC performed up to 2 weeks before the procedure. In order to be able to undergo the procedure, patient must fulfill all of the below:

    • Hemoglobin greater than 11 g/dL for males and greater than 10 g/dL for females.
    • Platelets greater than 150 k/mm(3).
    • WBC greater than 3.5 x 10(3) uL.
    • MCV above 80.

Women who are able to conceive children must have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks before the procedure.

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00028080

Contact: Adriana R Marques, M.D. (301) 435-7244

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Principal Investigator: Adriana R Marques, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier: NCT00028080     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 020055
Study First Received: December 11, 2001
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ):
Borrelia Burgdorferi
Lyme Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lyme Disease
Borrelia Infections
Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections
Bacterial Infections
Tick-Borne Diseases
Spirochaetales Infections processed this record on May 25, 2017