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This is an interesting paper. I first heard of Morgellons disease on various "fringe" and paranoid conspiracy sites almost 20 years ago. At the time, the US medical establishment dismissed Morgellons disease as a mental disorder. And it is true, people who went to their doctors with skin lesions complaining of "filaments" and "threads" coming from their lesions did often exhibit mental disorder issues. And they became paranoid because their complaints were dismissed, and often got caught up in conspiracy theories.

The facts are now in. Morgellons disease is a real disorder, actually caused by a microorganism. And yes, the "threads" they complained about - are very real.

The definitive scientific paper is here: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis:


Morgellons disease (MD) is a dermopathy characterized by multicolored filaments that lie under, are embedded in, or project from skin. Although MD was initially considered to be a delusional disorder, recent studies have demonstrated that the dermopathy is associated with tickborne infection, that the filaments are composed of keratin and collagen, and that they result from proliferation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts in epithelial tissue. Culture, histopathological and molecular evidence of spirochetal infection associated with MD has been presented in several published studies using a variety of techniques. Spirochetes genetically identified as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto predominate as the infective agent in most of the Morgellons skin specimens studied so far. Other species of Borrelia including Borrelia garinii, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Borrelia hermsii have also been detected in skin specimens taken from MD patients. The optimal treatment for MD remains to be determined.

Here is an image of one of the filaments.


Borrelia spirochetes have repeatedly been detected in MD skin and tissue samples (Figures 3 and ‚Äč4). Initial studies confirmed the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (Bb ss) spirochetes within dermatological tissue removed from MD lesions of four North American patients.11,12 A subsequent study reported the detection and identification of Borrelia garinii in Morgellons skin samples obtained from an Australian patient.15 A larger study subsequently reported the detection of Borrelia spirochetes in 25 MD subjects.13 Detection of Borrelia DNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by Sanger sequencing in two independent laboratories determined that the Borrelia spirochetes detected in these studies were predominantly Bb ss, but B. garinii and Borrelia miyamotoi were also reported. More recently, studies of MD specimens in two additional laboratories have detected Borrelia DNA of three Borrelia spp., Bb ss, B. garinii, and Borrelia hermsii.16,17 The fact that four different laboratories have been able to detect Borrelia DNA in Morgellons specimens shows that these findings are reproducible.

The article explains why this disease is associated with mental disorders. Like Lyme disease and Syphilis, it is a spirochetal infection. Like Lyme disease, the cause is Borrelia. These spirochetes are one of the most advanced bacteria known to man. They are one of the hardest to kill because they can take 6 different forms (spirochetes are only one of the forms). If you have an interest in microbiology I recommend reading up on them - these critters are crafty!

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Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 2063 Race Jackson 08-Jun-19 01:28
Re: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 235 Me 27-Jun-19 15:34
Re: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 209 Race Jackson 28-Jun-19 00:37
Re: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 239 Aine 28-Jun-19 01:43
Re: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 202 cladking 03-Jul-19 04:07
Re: Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis 387 Race Jackson 14-Jul-19 04:13
Dermopathy, even plague perhaps 219 Reagent 08-Jul-19 05:02

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