Lyme disease presenting with multiple cranial neuropathies on MRI

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We present the case of a 10-year old patient from southeastern Ontario with severe bilateral facial palsy. MRI was performed that showed extensive symmetric enhancement of cervical cranial nerve roots and multiple cranial nerves (III, V, VI, VII, VIII, X and XII). Lumbar puncture was performed that revealed pleocytosis and elevated proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid. Serology confirmed the diagnosis of neuroborreliosis. The patient was treated with a 4-week course of IV ceftriaxone, following which he returned to baseline.




Piché-Renaud, P. P., Branson, H., Yeh, E. A., & Morris, S. K. (2018). Lyme disease presenting with multiple cranial neuropathies on MRI. IDCases, 12, 117–118.

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