What is the role of Borrelia burgdorferi (B burgdorferi) (Lyme disease) in the development of meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete, is the agent of Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Meningitis may be part of a triad of neurologic manifestations of Lyme disease that also includes cranial neuritis and radiculoneuritis. Lyme disease meningitis is typically associated with a facial palsy that can sometimes be bilateral.


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