Is neuroborreliosis a medical emergency?

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Abstract

Although Lyme disease affects the nervous system in many ways (collectively known as neuroborreliosis), only rarely does it present as a medical emergency. In extreme cases, it may cause (1) encephalitis, (2) a rapidly progressive peripheral neuropathy, or (3) a painful truncal radiculopathy that may be confused with a severe visceral process. Knowing when to consider this spirochetosis in the differential diagnosis requires an understanding of its true clinical spectrum, and of an appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalNeurocritical Care
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Lyme Neuroborreliosis
Radiculopathy
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Encephalitis
Emergencies
Differential Diagnosis
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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In: Neurocritical Care, Vol. 4, No. 3, 01.06.2006, p. 260-266.

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