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December 1972

Tick Paralysis: Case Report With Emphasis on Neurological Toxicity

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia (Dr. Haller), and the Department of Neurology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC (Dr. Fabara). Dr. Haller is now with the New England Medical Center Hospitals, Boston, and Dr. Fabara is with the Veterans Administration Center, Milwaukee.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(6):915-917. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110180117018

A 4-year-old girl had tick paralysis initially with astasia-abasia, areflexia, and nystagmus. Motor weakness appeared as a second phase of her illness and all symptoms cleared with removal of the tick. The toxin, experimentally, appears to have various sites of action in the neuromuscular system. This correlates with the clinical course of this patient and others reported in the literature.