Bell's palsy and sudden deafness associated with Rickettsia spp. infection in Sweden. A retrospective and prospective serological survey including PCR findings

@inproceedings{Nilsson2014BellsPA,
  title={Bell's palsy and sudden deafness associated with Rickettsia spp. infection in Sweden. A retrospective and prospective serological survey including PCR findings},
  author={Karin Svedberg Nilsson and Katarina Wallm{\'e}nius and Sonja Hartwig and Torsten Norlander and Carl P{\aa}hlson},
  booktitle={European journal of neurology},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Sixty patients with facial palsy and 67 with sudden deafness were retrospectively or prospectively examined for serological evidence of rickettsial infection; in six cases where cerebrospinal fluid was available, patients were also examined for presence of rickettsial DNA. METHODS Rickettsial antibodies were detected in single or paired serum samples using immunofluorescence with Rickettsia helvetica as the antigen and in four cases also using western blot. Using PCR… CONTINUE READING
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