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Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Antibodies in Bell’s Palsy in a Metropolitan Area of Northern Italy

  • A. Formenti
  • M. Galli
  • G. Termine
  • A. Lupo
  • M. Corbellino
  • N. Massetto
Conference paper

Abstract

Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative agent of Lyme disease, a multiphasic disorder affecting the skin, heart, joint, muscle, and nervous systems [1]. Meningitis, cranial neuritis, and radiculoneuritis represent the clinical spectrum of neurological manifestations of Lyme disease [2]. Several reports from central and northern Europe indicate that Bell’s palsy (BP) may be caused by B. burgdorferi [3–5], giving a possible explanation for a consistent proportion of BP cases. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the prevalence of B. burgdorferi related cases in a consecutive series of BP observed in subjects living in a metropolitan area of northern Italy.

Keywords

Facial Nerve Lyme Disease Facial Palsy Neurological Manifestation Borrelia Burgdorferi 
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© Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Formenti
    • 1
  • M. Galli
    • 2
  • G. Termine
    • 1
  • A. Lupo
    • 2
  • M. Corbellino
    • 2
  • N. Massetto
    • 3
  1. 1.ENT DepartmentFatebenefratelli HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Clinic of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of MilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyS. Paolo HospitalMilanItaly

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