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November 1982

Seizures Associated With Campylobacter Enteritis

Author Affiliations

Mount Sinai Services of City Hospital Center at Elmhurst and Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York New York

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(11):1028. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970470072020
Abstract

Campylobacter has been recognized recently as an important pathogen in humans,1 and enteritis due to Campylobacter jejuni (formerly Campylobacter fetus, subspecies jejuni) is a common illness, particularly among children. Fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are the most common clinical features. Complications of C jejuni enteritis have included appendicitis, arthritis, mesenteric adenitis, and peritonitis.2-5 To our knowledge, this is the first report of convulsions associated with C jejuni enteritis from this country.

Report of a Case.—A 5-year 5-month-old boy, previously healthy, had a focal motor seizure three hours after the onset of nausea and vomiting. A second seizure, which was generalized, occurred an hour later. He had a history of febrile upper respiratory tract infections, but had never previously had convulsions. Neither the patient's parents nor his 11-year-old brother had a history of seizures.

On admission, his rectal temperature was 37.4 °C. The patient was responsive only to

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