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Intracranial hypertension in neuroborreliosis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 September 2002

Christoph Härtel
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics, University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, Germany.
Stefan Schilling
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics, University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, Germany.
Birte Neppert
Affiliation:
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, Germany.
Bettina Tiemer
Affiliation:
Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, Germany.
Jürgen Sperner
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics, University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, Germany.
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Abstract

Neuroborreliosis is an infection of the nervous system caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, from which patients most commonly develop lymphocytic meningitis, radiculoneuritis, or cranial neuropathy. In this report a 9-year-old male with an unusual neurological complication of neuroborreliosis – benign intracranial hypertension (BIH) – is described. Clinical symptoms of BIH, which consist of increased CSF pressure in the absence of an intracranial mass or obstruction to the circulation of CSF, resolved completely after antibiotic therapy with ceftriaxone.

Type
Case report
Copyright
© 2002 Mac Keith Press

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