Exploring the Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease

Identification of Borrelia Burgdorferi in Morgellons Disease Patients

Marianne J Middelveen; Cheryl Bandoski; Jennie Burke; Eva Sapi; Katherine R Filush; Yean Wang; Agustin Franco; Peter J Mayne; Raphael B Stricker


BMC Dermatol. 2015;15(1) 

In This Article


We undertook a detailed microscopic and molecular study of North American MD patients to investigate the presence of borrelial spirochetes systemically and in dermatological specimens. Based on culture, histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular testing, we present extensive evidence for spirochetal infection in MD patients. Our study confirms that MD is a true somatic illness associated with Lyme disease. The proposed clinical classification scheme for MD should aid in the diagnosis and treatment of this complex illness.