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September 1983

Campylobacter Enteritis Associated With Convulsions

Author Affiliations

University of California at San Diego La Jolla, CA 92037

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(9):919. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140350091028

Sir.—The clinical memorandum "Seizures Associated With Campylobacter Enteritis" by Malowany et al (Journal 1982;136:1028) is actually not the first report of convulsions associated with Campylobacter jejuni from the United States.

Solomon et al1 reported a case and noted that there have been at least 13 cases of seizures with Campylobacter infections.2,3 My colleagues and I also have seen such a case.

Report of a Case.—A 61/2-year-old autistic girl was admitted with a history of convulsions with fever. On the day of admission, she experienced a grand mal seizure of about two minutes' duration. She had no acute illness at the time, although fever was noted shortly after the convulsion.

At 2½ years of age, a diagnosis of infantile autism was made. At 3½ years of age, concurrent with a fever and a probable viral illness, she sustained a generalized major motor seizure. Therapy was started with