Tick paralysis presenting in an urban environment

Pediatr Neurol. 2004 Feb;30(2):122-4. doi: 10.1016/S0887-8994(03)00416-8.


We report the case of a 17-month-old female with tick paralysis presenting to an urban Los Angeles emergency department. The tick was later identified as the North American wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, and was likely obtained while the family was vacationing on a dude ranch in Montana. We discuss the epidemiology of tick paralysis, a differential diagnosis for health care providers, and methods of detection and removal. Given the increasing popularity of outdoor activities and ease of travel, tick paralysis should be considered in cases of acute or subacute weakness, even in an urban setting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hospitals, Urban*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Los Angeles
  • Tick Paralysis / diagnosis*
  • Tick Paralysis / physiopathology