Borrelia Biofilms

This photo shows the contents of a lump on the inside of the donor's cheek. The exudate was mostly perfectly clear and thinly viscous with a discrete whiteish area. Under the microscope the white area is revealed as a huge biofilm of spirochetes.

This photo shows a gigantic biofilm in periferal blood in a chronically ill patient never treated for Lyme borreliosis and NHS negative for the disease. The donor's problem with 'sticky blood' was so severe that it was impossible to make a normal thin-film smear.

Another biofilm from the same donor's blood

Last update March 14th 2014

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