Diphtheritic neuropathy

Autor(es): Créange A,Meyrignac C,Roualdes B,Degos J D,Gherardi R K

Resumo: A 29-year-old Haitian man had a sore throat with a marked tonsillar exudate followed by the onset of increasingly blurred vision with swallowing difficulties and, then, a diffuse acute demyelinating neuropathy. Cerebrospinal fluid showed moderate pleiocytosis and elevated protein content. Serological testing for diphtheria, but not for tetanus and poliomyelitis, was markedly positive. Other tests including HIV1 and 2, HTLV1 and Lyme disease were negative. Diphtheritic neuropathy should be considered in the differential diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome in nonvaccinated patients.

Palavras-Chave: Diphtheria; Peripheral neuropathy; Acute demyelinating neuropathy

Imprenta: Muscle & Nerve, v. 18, n. 12, p. 1460-1463, 1995

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1002/mus.880181217

Descritores: Guillain-Barre Syndrome - Pathogenesis ; Guillain-Barre Syndrome - Serological diagnosis ; Guillain-Barre Syndrome - Public health

Data de publicação: 1995