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Lyme disease: a review for the otolaryngologist.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ear, nose, & throat journal
Publication Date
Volume
73
Issue
11
Pages
824–829
Identifiers
PMID: 7828475
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lyme disease is an important consideration in the differential diagnosis of patients seen by the otolaryngologist. Facial paralysis is the most common sign. The otolaryngologist may also see patients with temporal mandibular joint pain, cervical lymphadenopathy, facial pain, headache, tinnitis, vertigo, decreased hearing, otalgia and sore throat. The incidence is increasing and known to be endemic to certain areas of the United States and abroad. This paper reviews the various ways Lyme disease appears to the otolaryngologist. Three cases along with a discussion including epidemiology, vector, animal host relationship, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology are included. The literature is reviewed and the treatment discussed.

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