Lyme disease is a zoonotic illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, which present with skin, joint, heart, and central nervous system complications. Central nervous system manifestations of this disease are common, and typically include meningitis, facial nerve palsies, and radiculoneuritis. In this case report, we present a patient who presented with acute right sided hemiplegia and ataxia with negative neuroimaging findings of stroke, inflammation, or mass. Further investigation with cerebrospinal fluid studies and infectious panels revealed the patient had active Lyme disease. The patient improved his motor function, coordination and sensation with ceftriaxone treatment over a few weeks. Acute hemiplegia and ataxia are rare manifestations of Lyme Disease.
Babbar, Shaili; Galati, Jonathan; Corona, Jasmine; and Zahid, Sohail
"Acute Hemiplegia and Ataxia from Lyme Disease,"
Cooper Rowan Medical Journal: Vol. 4:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://rdw.rowan.edu/crjcsm/vol4/iss1/11
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