Cases of tetany in the new-born with a low blood calcium concentration have been reported in the literature with increasing frequency during the past few years. In two recent papers I1 reviewed the literature and described one case in each report.
REPORT OF CASE
Baby G., a seven and a half months premature female infant, weighing 5 pounds (2,268 Gm.), was delivered without the application of forceps by Dr. Julius Kurzrock at the Sydenham Hospital. During the first thirty-six hours of life, projectile vomiting of all feedings occurred and a constant temperature of 101 F. was noted. No twitches or convulsions were observed. Physical examination revealed the presence of a positive Chvostek sign, a normal Moro phenomenon, and a brawny, sclerema-like edema localized to the vulva, the perineum and the lateral aspects of both thighs. Examination of the heart and lungs was negative. The fontanel was not
Rothstein JL. UNUSUAL CASE OF LOW CALCIUM TETANY WITHOUT CONVULSIONS IN A NEW-BORN INFANT. JAMA. 1935;105(15):1189–1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760410003011c
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