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December 1931

ENCEPHALITIS WITH UNUSUALLY HIGH EOSINOPHILIA

Author Affiliations

Decatur, Ill.

From the Pathology Laboratory and the Medical Service of the Decatur and Macon County Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(6):1251-1256. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230120134009
Abstract

The following case is reported because of the unusually high eosinophilia in what is apparently a case of encephalitis. While eosinophilia is not uncommon in cases of encephalitis that end in recovery, it is usually only moderate; so far as we know, the extreme degree observed in our case has never been recorded.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —A white man, aged 37, complained on March 14 of excruciating pain extending from the middorsal spine to the left scapular region and down the left arm. He thought that it was caused by a shrapnel wound in the left shoulder received in the World War. Ten days before, while on a business trip, he had eaten some chop suey; following this he had had a severe gastro-intestinal disturbance with diarrhea lasting about three days. Since that time his bowels had been rather sluggish. There was nothing of significance in the past history.

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