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Lyme disease presenting as isolated acute urinary retention caused by transverse myelitis: an electrophysiological and urodynamical study.

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Abstract

Several neurological manifestations of
Lyme disease, both central and peripheral, have been described. Reported here is a case of acute transverse myelitis related to a
Lyme neuroborreliosis that presented with isolated acute urinary retention and no lower-extremity impairment. This case, documented by urodynamic and electrophysiological investigations, partially resolved after 6 weeks of intravenous ceftriaxone, affording the removal of the indwelling catheter. Alpha blocker therapy was needed for 3 months, until the complete normalisation of urodynamic and electrophysiological records. This case study indicates that whenever urinary retention is encountered associated with acute transverse myelitis or alone, the patient should be investigated for
Lyme disease.

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1995 Dec;76(12):1171-2. Case Reports

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