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Table 2 Microscopic examination of dermatological tissue sections with Dieterle or Warthin Starry silver nitrate stain and anti-Bb polyclonal immunostain

From: Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients

Patient # Dieterle Bb-polyclonal immunostain Filaments morphologically consistent with MD
1 Spirochetes observed *Positive Detected
2 Spirochetes observed *Positive Detected
3 Spirochetes observed *Positive Detected
4 Spirochetes observed *Positive Detected
5 Spirochetes not observed **Positive Detected
8 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
10 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
11 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
12 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
13 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
15 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
16 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
18 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
19 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
20 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
22 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
23 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
24 Spherules consistent with Bb morphological variants observed Positive Detected
25 Spirochetes observed Positive Detected
  1. Dieterle and or Warthin-Starry silver nitrate staining performed at Interscope Laboratories, Los Angeles, CA, and or McClain Laboratories, Smithtown, NY.
  2. Bb polyclonal immunostaining performed at McClain Laboratories.
  3. *Polyclonal Bb immunostaining performed at University of New Haven, West Haven, CT and McClain Laboratories.
  4. **Sectioned specimen consisted of hair follicular bulbs with attached root sheaths rather than skin. Polyclonal Bb immunostaining performed at the University of New Haven.