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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 237-240

Long-segment myelitis, meningoencephalitis, and axonal polyneuropathy in a case of scrub typhus

Department of Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Ruchika Tandon
Department of Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 226 003
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DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_66_18

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Scrub typhus, a mite-borne zoonotic disease, is endemic in several parts of India. It may cause multisystemic disease involving lungs, heart, spleen, liver, hematological system, and nervous system. Neurological involvement may include meningoencephalitis, cerebellitis, cranial nerve palsies, plexopathy, transverse myelitis, muscle dysfunction, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, parkinsonian syndrome, and Guillain–Barre syndrome. Here, we report a rare patient of scrub typhus, who developed meningoencephalitis followed by long-segment myelitis and axonal polyneuropathy, with hepatic, renal, hematological, and pulmonary involvement, following acute febrile illness with associated neurocysticercosis. He gained consciousness with a resolution of almost all of his complaints, with the exception of muscular power, which showed partial improvement following treatment with doxycycline, azithromycin, and steroids. What needs to be explored is whether the existence of neurological scrub typhus with neurocysticercosis is the coincidental price paid for living in the tropics or there is something more to it as in case of Japanese encephalitis and neurocysticercosis co-infection.

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