Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Antibodies in Bell’s Palsy in a Metropolitan Area of Northern Italy
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Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative agent of Lyme disease, a multiphasic disorder affecting the skin, heart, joint, muscle, and nervous systems . Meningitis, cranial neuritis, and radiculoneuritis represent the clinical spectrum of neurological manifestations of Lyme disease . 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.
KeywordsFacial Nerve Lyme Disease Facial Palsy Neurological Manifestation Borrelia Burgdorferi
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