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September 1921

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE SUGAR CONTENT OF THE SPINAL FLUID IN DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

Arch NeurPsych. 1921;6(3):292-294. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02190030039005
Abstract

This work was originally begun in an attempt to show that the sugar content of the spinal fluid is increased in lethargic encephalitis and that this finding is an important aid in the differential diagnosis of this disease, especially in differentiating it from tuberculous meningitis in children.

Foster,1 of Boston, has recently published a paper in which he gives a series of estimations by Folin's method. His average result is 76 mg. of sugar in 100 c.c. of spinal fluid in epidemic encephalitis. In a paper read by the author before the March, 1921, meeting of the St. Louis Neurological Society, a series of seven results was quoted from the service of Dr. Foster Kennedy of Bellevue Hospital, New York, the average being 79.3 mg. of sugar per 100 c.c. of fluid in cases of lethargic encephalitis. These estimations were all made by Folin's method, and I am indebted

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