James H. Diaz

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Tick paralysis

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Tick paralysis (TP), a uniquely tick-borne poisoning, is an ascending flaccid neuromuscular paralysis with sensory sparing caused by salivary neurotoxins secreted by gravid hard ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) while blood-feeding. Although reported worldwide since 1912 and transmitted by 43 tick species, TP usually occurs in the same regions of…

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