[Lymphadenopathy and absences]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 2007 May 16;96(20):815-7. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157.96.20.815.
[Article in German]


A 6-year-old boy presented with deterioration of general well-being during several weeks, headache and swelling of lymph nodes in the neck. In addition, the parents reported brief episodes resembling typical absence seizures. Serological tests and the examination of cerebrospinal fluid revealed neuroborreliosis. At the same time, electroencephalography showed characteristic patterns of absence epilepsy. The boy's condition improved rapidly during a 2-week course of intravenous ceftriaxone and after initiation of antiepileptic therapy. To our knowledge, absence epilepsy has not previously been reported in association with neuroborreliosis. We consider the two conditions to be coincidental.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Bacterial / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Borrelia burgdorferi / immunology
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy, Absence / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy, Absence / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Lyme Neuroborreliosis / diagnosis*
  • Lymphatic Diseases / etiology*
  • Male


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Immunoglobulin G