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August 1931

NONSUPPURATIVE, NONEPIDEMIC ENCEPHALITIS FOLLOWING LABOR AND IN THE PUERPERIUMREPORT OF A CASE PROBABLY DUE TO CEREBRAL ANOXEMIA, WITH A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(2):371-391. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230080127008
Abstract

A case of cerebral complication in the form of a nonsuppurative, nonepidemic type of encephalitis which was encountered immediately after labor presented serious diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. A search of the literature disclosed that the condition is relatively rare and that the subject is in a state of confusion. Therefore, it was deemed justifiable to report the case in detail and at the same time to review the literature on the subject with an attempt at clearer orientation.

Neurologic complications of labor and the puerperium constitute an important group in neuropsychiatric practice and have received relatively little attention in the literature. Among the cerebral complications that have been reported are hemiplegias, thromboses of cerebral veins and sinuses, puerperal aphasias, tumors of the brain and "pseudo-tumors," chorea, visual disturbances, meningitis and epidemic encephalitis. Hardly any mention is made of nonepidemic, nonsuppurative types of encephalitis in relation to pregnancy, labor or the

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