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Volume 18, Number 5—May 2012


Bartonella spp. Bacteremia and Rheumatic Symptoms in Patients from Lyme Disease–endemic Region

Ricardo G. Maggi, B. Robert Mozayeni, Elizabeth L. Pultorak, Barbara C. Hegarty, Julie M. Bradley, Maria Correa, and Edward B. BreitschwerdtComments to Author 
Author affiliations: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (R.G. Maggi, E.L. Pultorak, B.C. Hegarty, J.M. Bradley, M. Correa, E.B. Breitschwerdt); Translational Medicine Group, PC, North Bethesda, Maryland, USA (B.R. Mozayeni)

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Table 4

Factors associated with positive PCR result for Bartonella henselae and B. koehlerae among 296 patients examined by a rheumatologist, Maryland–Washington, DC, USA, August 25, 2008–April 1, 2009*

Variable Positive vs. negative result, adjusted odds ratio (95% CI)
B. henselae B. koehlerae
Blurred vision 2.37 (1.13–4.98), p = 0.03 NS
Numbness 2.74 (1.26–5.96), p = 0.01 NS
Consultation with infectious disease physician NS 1.98 (1.05–3.75), p = 0.04
Consultation with neurologist 2.76 (1.33–5.73), p<0.01 NS

*Results of logistic regression analysis. Variables adjusted for age, sex, and duration of illness. NS, not significant.

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