Child neurology: tick paralysis: a diagnosis not to miss

Sarah L Chagnon, Monica Naik, Hoda Abdel-Hamid
Neurology 2014 March 18, 82 (11): e91-3
A 4-year-old girl presented to our tertiary care hospital with a complaint of lower extremity weakness and unsteady gait for 2 days. She was able to pull herself to stand, but could not stand unsupported. She had no sensory symptoms or pain. She did not complain of any weakness in her arms, trunk, face, or neck. She had no bowel or bladder incontinence or retention. On presentation to the emergency room, she had minimal antigravity strength of the lower extremities, but normal strength elsewhere. In addition, she was areflexic in both lower extremities and had a wide-based, unsteady gait but no appendicular dysmetria or titubation. Sensory examination was normal.

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