Uncommon manifestations of neuroborreliosis in children

Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2010 May;14(3):274-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2009.08.003. Epub 2009 Sep 12.


Lyme borreliosis is a tick-borne spirochetal infection which affects the skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Children with a neuroborreliosis usually present with a facial nerve palsy or aseptic meningitis, but the spectrum also includes other rare manifestations. We report four unusual cases of childhood neuroborreliosis and show that seizures with regional leptomeningeal enhancement, acute transverse myelitis, meningoradiculitis with pain and paraesthesia and cranial nerve palsies other than facial nerve palsy can be the leading symptoms of children with neuroborreliosis. All children had serological evidence of an acute infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, a pleocytosis in the cerebrospinal fluid and a complete response to antibiotic treatment. An intrathecal synthesis of IgG antibodies was detected in three children. Thus, diagnostic work up in children with unusual neurological symptoms should include cerebrospinal fluid studies with determination of the white blood cell count and calculation of the antibody index against B. burgdorferi.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid / cytology
  • Child
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Leukocytosis / microbiology
  • Lyme Neuroborreliosis / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Lyme Neuroborreliosis / complications*
  • Lyme Neuroborreliosis / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Meningitis / microbiology*
  • Myelitis, Transverse / microbiology*
  • Radiculopathy / microbiology
  • Seizures / microbiology*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Immunoglobulin G