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Limited Opening Secondary to Lyme Disease in an 8-year-old Child

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In the United States, Lyme disease is the most common vector-born disease. It often presents with a wide variety of symptoms that may delay its diagnosis and present challenging patient management issues. The purpose of this report was to discuss the case of an 8-year, 6-month-old Hispanic male who presented to a hospital emergency room with restricted mandibular opening and was diagnosed with Lyme disease after an initial period of uncertainty regarding the diagnosis.
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Affiliations: 1: Private Practice, California; Former Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY; Jacobi Hospital and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, NY, NY; Rye Pediatric Dentistry, Rye, NY 3: The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Clinical Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY; Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY; Private practice, NY, NY 4: Department of Dentistry, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY; Board Member, World Clinical Laser Institute, Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, NY, NY

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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