Successful Treatment with Intravenous Immunoglobulin of Acute Flaccid Paralysis Caused by West Nile Virus

Successful Treatment with Intravenous Immunoglobulin of Acute Flaccid Paralysis Caused by West Nile Virus


Mohammad Sami Walid, PhD; Fade Aziz Mahmoud, MD

Summer 2009 - Volume 13 Number 3

https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/09-028

Abstract

West Nile virus (WNV) is one of the leading causes of insect-borne encephalitis and acute flaccid paralysis in the US. Acute flaccid paralysis is a potentially serious illness, which manifests itself as a Guillain-Barré-like syndrome with generalized weakness and shortness of breath. We report a case involving a patient who presented with acute flaccid paralysis due to WNV infection and was successfully treated with intravenous immunoglobulin from Israeli donors.

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