Acute Flaccid Myelitis caused by Enterovirus D68: case definitions for use in clinical practice

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was increasingly detected in recent years, coinciding with upsurges of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections. We reviewed the evidence for a causal relationship between both. Based on reported cases, we provide case definitions for AFM caused by EV-D68 infections to enable a standard procedure for affected patients. Current case definitions are focussing on epidemiological aspects but clinical case definitions are still missing. We propose the following case definitions to be used in clinical practice in order to mirror clinical realities and facilitate a common systematic approach in case management: A possible case is defined as a person presenting with either acute myelitis/paralysis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), particularly during periods of EV-D68 circulation.

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