Acute cerebellar ataxia in a pediatric case of Lyme disease and a review of literature

Pediatr Neurol. 2013 May;48(5):407-10. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2013.01.001.


A broad range of neurologic disorders have been described in children with Lyme disease, of which peripheral facial nerve palsy and aseptic meningitis are among the most common. In contrast, there are few reports of cerebellar involvement in pediatric Lyme disease patients. We report the case of a 5-year-old girl seropositive for antibodies against the causative Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi presenting with severe acute cerebellar ataxia from the in southern coast of Anatolia (Mediterranean region).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Borrelia burgdorferi / immunology
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / etiology*
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / therapy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / analysis
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin M / analysis
  • Immunoglobulin M / immunology
  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous / therapeutic use
  • Lyme Disease / complications*
  • Lyme Disease / therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Turkey


  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous