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Borreliosis as a cause of peripheral facial palsy: a multi-center study

Engervall, K; Carlsson-Nordlander, B; Hederstedt, B; Berggren, D; Bjerkhoel, A; Carlborg, A; Grenner, Jan LU ; Hanner, P; Hogmo, A and Isholt, R M (1995) In ORL 57(4). p.202-206
Abstract
Borreliosis is known to be a common cause of peripheral facial palsy in Stockholm and its vicinity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the frequency and characteristics of borreliosis among patients with peripheral facial palsy in different parts of Sweden. All serological tests were performed in one laboratory. Ten Swedish Ear Nose and Throat clinics participated in a prospective 1-year study of patients seeking medical attention for acute peripheral facial palsy. Twenty-eight (6%) out of totally 446 patients fulfilled the criteria for the diagnosis of borreliosis. The frequency varied between 1 and 16% and was highest along the southeast coast of Sweden whereas no case was reported from the northern part of the country.... (More)
Borreliosis is known to be a common cause of peripheral facial palsy in Stockholm and its vicinity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the frequency and characteristics of borreliosis among patients with peripheral facial palsy in different parts of Sweden. All serological tests were performed in one laboratory. Ten Swedish Ear Nose and Throat clinics participated in a prospective 1-year study of patients seeking medical attention for acute peripheral facial palsy. Twenty-eight (6%) out of totally 446 patients fulfilled the criteria for the diagnosis of borreliosis. The frequency varied between 1 and 16% and was highest along the southeast coast of Sweden whereas no case was reported from the northern part of the country. Borreliosis was more common among children with facial palsy than among adults. The infection occurred during all seasons although it appears to be less frequent during the spring months. Only a minority of the borrelial patients had a history of a preceding tick bite or erythema migrans. The fairly low overall frequency of this secondary stage of borreliosis in the study may be a result of better knowledge of the disease and earlier treatment of its early manifestations. In Sweden's endemic areas borreliosis is a common cause of peripheral facial palsy, and therefore all patients with facial palsy in these regions should be examined for borrelial infection. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Borreliosis is known to be a common cause of peripheral facial palsy in Stockholm and its vicinity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the frequency and characteristics of borreliosis among patients with peripheral facial palsy in different parts of Sweden. All serological tests were performed in one laboratory. Ten Swedish Ear Nose and Throat clinics participated in a prospective 1-year study of patients seeking medical attention for acute peripheral facial palsy. Twenty-eight (6%) out of totally 446 patients fulfilled the criteria for the diagnosis of borreliosis. The frequency varied between 1 and 16% and was highest along the southeast coast of Sweden whereas no case was reported from the northern part of the country. Borreliosis was more common among children with facial palsy than among adults. The infection occurred during all seasons although it appears to be less frequent during the spring months. Only a minority of the borrelial patients had a history of a preceding tick bite or erythema migrans. The fairly low overall frequency of this secondary stage of borreliosis in the study may be a result of better knowledge of the disease and earlier treatment of its early manifestations. In Sweden's endemic areas borreliosis is a common cause of peripheral facial palsy, and therefore all patients with facial palsy in these regions should be examined for borrelial infection.},
  author       = {Engervall, K and Carlsson-Nordlander, B and Hederstedt, B and Berggren, D and Bjerkhoel, A and Carlborg, A and Grenner, Jan and Hanner, P and Hogmo, A and Isholt, R M},
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  pages        = {202--206},
  publisher    = {Karger},
  series       = {ORL},
  title        = {Borreliosis as a cause of peripheral facial palsy: a multi-center study},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {1995},
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