July 1953


Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric Department, Kern General Hospital (Dr. McKey).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(1):51-53. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080058006

IT HAS BEEN emphasized by Kunstadter and Pendergrass1 that coccidiodomycosis has not received the attention it deserves from a pediatric standpoint. The purpose of this article is to present the case of the youngest autopsied patient with coccidioidomycosis.

REPORT OF A CASE  K. F. B., a 3-week-old white girl, was admitted to Kern General Hospital on July 25, 1952, with a history of irritability, anorexia, and high fever for two days. She had been seen by a local physician, who did a lumbar puncture, obtaining cloudy fluid. She was referred to the Kern General Hospital contagious service for diagnosis and treatment.Review of Systems.—There was no history of convulsions, tremors, or twitchings and no vomiting or diarrhea.Past History.—The baby was born by spontaneous delivery and weighed 5 lb. (2,270 gm.). She was taken home on the third day. There was no previous illness.Family History.—The

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