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January 1959

Le Syndrome Tétanie

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(1):66-67. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340130086012

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The authors give as reasons for publishing this study of the syndrome of tetany, that the syndrome has lately been neglected, it is of physiopathological interest, and recent technical advances have made new discoveries possible. They make no attempt to cover material to be found in other standard treatises but, rather, concentrate on conceptions which are less well known.

After a brief summary of the historical development of the syndrome described and named by Trousseau, the clinical symptomatology is succinctly outlined. The authors then undertake to answer three fundamental questions.

  1. That of the semiological criteria necessary to the diagnosis, especially in the periods between crises and in abortive cases.

  2. That of the physiopathological interpretation of the symptoms believed to be properly tetanic.

  3. That of the conditions in which the syndrome appears, and more precisely its pathological etiology.

They point out that the facts which are solidly established are not numerous.