Forms of the Borrelia Burgdorferi Spirochete

forms2This might help some of you understand why Lyme Disease is so hard to detect, treat and to keep at bay for great lengths of time. When people ask if they can be “cured” of Lyme, we like to look at it more as a remission, since there is no way to know if you have the Cyst form in you still, which can months or years later, after being symptom free, reawaken in your system causing symptoms to flare again. The key to long standing remission may be to learn how to boost our own immune systems and keep them boosted so the environment is never suitable for old cysts to reawaken.

The 3 polymorphic forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi

Spirochete – A spirochete is a a spiral-shaped bacterium that is responsible for the initial, formsrapid spread of the infection throughout the body and various organs. It is spiral shaped which makes it able to drill through tissues and organs to help it disseminate through your body quickly.
Click here for Video Showing Spirochete Drilling Through Blood Vessel of a Mouses Vein

Cell-wall-deficient form (CWD) or L-form – The cell wall deficient form can hide inside cells,       including immune system cells, to avoid detection. Over time, the population of cell-wall-deficient bacteria tends to increase. This accounts for many of the most severe symptoms and organ dysfunctions associated with Lyme disease.
Click Here to See More picture by Dr Alan MacDonald.

Cyst form – The cyst form of the spirochete is a symptomless, protective, survival-oriented form that is elusive, hard to identify in  laboratories, and nearly impossible to kill. It easily evades your immune system and it stays in this from until there is a safe environement for the spirochete to survivie again. A event will lower your immune system, and this can trigger it back to the spirochete form.
Click Here to Watch Bacteria quickly turn into Cyst Form.



Biofilm is described as any group of micro-organisms whose cells stick or adhere to each other on a surface, kind of like a ball of slime that protects the parasitic infection at the core. It becomes a community of bacteria, fungus and parasites that help each other survive.

Sources for this Article are:

Envita: Biofilm – The Unseen Protector of Lyme Disease

Biofilms of borrelia burgdorferi In Vitro Observations

Three Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi by Bryan Rosner

Lyme Disease by the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine

Other Interesting Videos

Cyst formation in Lyme bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi)

Lyme Disease (Borrelia Burgdorferi) coming out of Red Blood Cell

Dr. Eva Sapi – Bacterial Biofilms and Lyme Disease

Borrelia Burgdorferi Biofilm – Live Microscopy Video

Click below to watch the videos of the escape of B. burgdorferi from the bloodstream. The spirochete first contacts and crawls across the inside surface of the vessel wall. It then crosses the vessel wall end-first. After a long period of back-and-forth motion the spirochete finally escapes into the tissue.


2 thoughts on “Forms of the Borrelia Burgdorferi Spirochete”

  1. lisa,
    excellent photos/article above plus the sources where you got them all!

    thanks for ALL the outstanding work you do and your CHRISTMAS wish list of those needing help, etc.

    hugs/prayers always,

    iowa friend, bettyg
    helped over 85,000+ patients in 10 yrs.

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