I initially heard Dr. Marna Ericson at a CME conference and most recently at the ILADS convention.  Her pictures using advanced imaging techniques (single and multi-photon, correlative, super-resolutioin confocal, electron microscopy, and microPET imaging, and second harmonic generation), truly exemplify the old saying, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.” The images clearly show what patients have been complaining about for decades. Ericson has a vested interest in getting down to the bottom of things as her own son is struggling with persistent Bartonellosis.  She is now looking at Bartonella in skin cancer and Gulf War Illness as well as the role of biofilms in chronic Bartonellosis.  Please consider helping her research project.

Slides are copywrited but used here with permission from Dr. Ericson.

Bartonella – More Than Skin Deep


Dr. Marna Ericson, University of Minnesota, Department of dermatology, Director of Dermatology Imaging Center

Slides found here:  Ericson, Marna_feb 2019

Slides 1-3:  Autofluorescence of tick mouthparts

Slide 4:  Tick hyposome (mouthpart) 

Slide 5:  Coinfection information

Slide 6:  Autofluorescence of Ixodes scapularis

Slide 7:  Bartonella found in and around blood vessels in lesional skin biopsy from infected patient

Slide 8:  Increasing magnification of Bartonella in lesional biopsy of infected patient

Slide 9:  Bartonella tracks on patients

Slide 10:  Bartonella tracks/skin lesions & confocal image of lesional skin stained for Bartonella

Slide 11:  Bartonella intercalated among collagen fibrils in skin of infected patient

Slide 12:  Bartonella in brain biopsy of infected patient

Slide 13:  Bartonella in hip (femoral head) detected by confocal microscopy & Second Harmonic Generation imaging.

Slide 14:  Bartonella in bone supporting cartilage (deep articular & subcondral bone) detected by Second Harmonic Generation imaging.

Slide 15:  Biofilms & Bartonella in blood smear of infected patient.

Slide 16:  Bartonella in red blood cells of infected patient found by 3D super resolution microscopy.

Slide 17:  Bartonella found in biofilm on PIC line from infected patient.

Slide 18:  Altered lymphatic vessels in arm skin of infected patient.

Slide 19:  Borrelia (Lyme) spirochete found in abdominal skin of persistently infected patient.

Slide 20:  No, those aren’t trees.  Those are tick hyposomes!

For more on Dr. Ericson’s work:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/05/24/help-support-the-study-of-bartonella/

Please, help support her research:  https://crowdfund.umn.edu/?cfpage=project&project_id=24510

Help our Research Efforts – Double Your Impact!

Please join the Beating Bartonella community in supporting a research study led by Dr. Marna Ericson and her team at the Dermatology Imaging Center here at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Following numerous reports from clinicians and patients, an association between infection with Bartonella henselae and linear skin lesions, now called Bart-tracks (previously referred to as striae), has recently been documented in our published case report. Frequently neurological symptoms are also reported. A larger study is needed to investigate the potential role that the Bartonellae play in the development of Bart-tracks in infected patients. The goal of this study is to generate preliminary data needed to apply for grant support through traditional research funding channels. In this study, Dr. Ericson and her research team will measure the prevalence of Bartonella spp. infection in patients who present with Bart tracks using advanced imaging techniques coupled with molecular tools in blood and skin samples. Dr. Ericson will further investigate the interactions of the Bartonella with fibrillar collagen in the dermis of the skin. Research partners include Galaxy Diagnostics where the blood and tissue will be tested for Bartonella DNA. Additionally, they are looking at the role of Bartonellosis in skin cancer and Gulf War Illness.

Please make a donation to support this research!! Bartonella infection is extremely challenging to confirm with laboratory testing. As a result, the findings form this study are of critical importance to physicians and patients in the effort to better diagnose Bartonella infections in people with chronic illness potentially associated with Bartonella infection. Your support will go directly to Dr. Ericson’s lab to support this important research.

Funds raised in excess will be used for Bartonella and other vector-borne disease research.

For a list of Dr. Ericson’s published papers:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marna_Ericson