An unusual foriegn body of the ear

Steve G. Kayes kayes at SUNGCG.USOUTHAL.EDU
Thu Jun 29 14:52:32 EST 1995


This case is intriguing because most of the reported cases of 
tick-paralysis is due to ticks found at the base of the skull with their 
mouth parts deeply imbedded in the skin.  The tick's saliva is apparently 
the cause of the paralysis because the patinets recover quickly after the 
tick is removed.  I seem to remember that the ticks should be killed in 
such a manner that they relax their bite.  If the tick is pulled off the 
patient and the head remains attached, the paralysis persists and can 
lead to death due to respiratory failure (C3, 4 & 5 keep you alive).  I 
don't remember however, if tick saliva is a neurotoxin to everyone or 
only to people who are hypersensitive.

	Steve 

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