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December 6, 1919

INFLUENZA AND EPILEPTIFORM ATTACKS

JAMA. 1919;73(23):1767. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120490002014a

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Abstract

Since no case has yet been recorded in which epilepsy or epileptiform attacks have apparently been initiated by influenza, a case of this type may be worthy of brief mention. It is the only one of which I am aware.

REPORT OF CASE  A boy, aged 2 years, with an unimportant family and personal history, contracted a severe attack of influenza in January, 1919. He had a temperature as high as 104. The disorder was initiated by general convulsions which endured for several hours. The fever lasted four days. A week later, after a normal temperature for two days, he again had a fever of from 104 to 106 but without convulsions, and pneumonia developed. He was ill ten days, and two weeks after recovering he began having almost daily both grand mal and petit mal attacks. He had a persistent cough and was physically prostrated for several weeks. He

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