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September 1936

CALCIUM CONTENT OF THE BLOOD SERUM DURING AN EPILEPTIC CONVULSION

Author Affiliations

SKILLMAN, N. J.

From the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(3):590-592. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260090143010
Abstract

A review of the literature on the calcium content of the blood serum during an epileptic convulsion reveals no adequate series of cases with the values based on an accepted method. Determinations of the calcium content between seizures have been made by many workers. The values usually fall within normal limits. Bigwood,1 Parhon and Ornstein,2 and Di Renzo and Tomasino3 reported values lower than normal, while others, namely, Patterson4 and Hernandez del Valle,5 reported levels above the upper limit of normal.

A study of the calcium content of the blood serum has been made on a series of fifty unselected, nonfasting patients with chronic epilepsy at the New Jersey State Village at Skillman. Blood was removed for determination of its calcium content during a major convulsive seizure and subsequently, from the same patients, between attacks.

METHOD  The specimens were taken between 1: 45 and 2:

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