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July 8, 1974

Tapia Syndrome

JAMA. 1974;229(2):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400015012

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To the Editor.—  In supplement to Chusid's (228:28, 1974) and Mayer and Opran's (227:326, 1974) notes on Tapia syndrome, I submit a summary of his actual findings in a case reported.Tapia AG: Un caso de parálisis del lado derecho de la laringe y de la lengua, con parálisis del esternocleido-mastoideo y trapecio del mismola do; acompañado de hemiplejia total temporal del lado izquierdo del cuerpo. Siglo Méd 52:211-213, 1905.A syndrome caused by being gored by a bull cannot be regarded as an etiologic commonplace in New York City. However, the eponymic syndromes are of value in teaching, for they indicate to us the authors whose original works display such unsurpassed observational powers.

The Syndrome of Tapia  Bullfighter gored on right side of neck, near mandible.

Tongue:  Atrophy of right side without fasciculations. Within the mouth, it deviates to left; on protrusion, to the right. The hyoid seems sunken; the