A complete history and thorough tick-check are a necessary first step in ruling out other common causes of LMND such as snake bite, tick paralysis, or myasthenia.
Cases of tick paralysis show a very strong geographical and seasonal distribution.
Tick paralysis. Infect Dis Clin North Am 2008;22(3):397-413.
Ticks and tick paralysis: imaging findings on cranial MR.
Tick paralysis is more common in children than adults.
The peak time for tick paralysis is tick mating season: April through June.
(TP) is only transmitted by blood-feeding gravid adult female ticks by an incompletely characterized neurotoxin produced by the tick's salivary glands.11 Ticks are classified into three families: (1) the Ixodidae, or hard ticks; (2) the Argasidae, or soft ticks; and (3) the Nuttalliellidae, a much lesser known family, with characteristics of both hard and soft ticks.
Editorial Note: The four cases described in this report illustrate the importance of considering tick paralysis
in the differential diagnosis of persons with ascending paralysis who live in or visit tick-endemic regions.
For the scariest of all tick-related illnesses, tick paralysis
, the treatment is astoundingly easy: removal of the tick.
The pathogenesis of tick paralysis
has not been fully elucidated, and pathologic and clinical effects vary depending on the tick species (4).
"After tons of blood work and a CT of the head UMMC has ruled it as tick paralysis
! PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!
is caused by a neurotoxin produced by egg-engorged female ticks, who transmit the toxin from their salivary glands to the dog during feeding.