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J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Sep;46(9):2856-61. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00832-08. Epub 2008 Jul 16.

Bartonella sp. bacteremia in patients with neurological and neurocognitive dysfunction.

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College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, 4700 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA. ed_breitschwerdt@ncsu.edu

Abstract

We detected infection with a Bartonella species (B. henselae or B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii) in blood samples from six immunocompetent patients who presented with a chronic neurological or neurocognitive syndrome including seizures, ataxia, memory loss, and/or tremors. Each of these patients had substantial animal contact or recent arthropod exposure as a potential risk factor for Bartonella infection. Additional studies should be performed to clarify the potential role of Bartonella spp. as a cause of chronic neurological and neurocognitive dysfunction.

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18632903
PMCID:
PMC2546763
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.00832-08
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