Lyme disease is a multisystemic inflammatory disease caused by the tickborne spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease was first identified in the United States in 1975 during an outbreak around Lyme, Connecticut, of an inflammatory condition presumed to be juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The classical pattern of Lyme disease is a characteristic macular skin rash (erythema migrans) that appears within a month after the tick (Ixodes dammini) bite. Several different manifestations, including neurologic, articular, and cardiac manifestations, may follow. Learn more about dental management for the patient with Lyme disease. Read More »