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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Breitschwerdt, EB; Maggi, RG; Nicholson, WL; Cherry, NA; Woods, CW

Published Date

  • September 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2856 - 2861

PubMed ID

  • 18632903

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18632903

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-660X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/JCM.00832-08


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States