Thursday, May 28, 2009

Don’t forget tick paralysis

It’s not always Guillan-Barre Syndrome:

Tick paralysis (TP), a response to the neurotoxic effects of the salivary secretions produced by attached hard ticks (Ixodidae), is a syndrome that mimics a large number of better known neurological disorders….Recognition and timely removal of the tick usually leads to complete resolution of symptoms, whereas continued feeding can lead to respiratory arrest and death.

The Medscape article contains a world of information on the practical aspects of management.

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