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May 8, 1915


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JAMA. 1915;LXIV(19):1577. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570450039016

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Cases of hemiplegia in young infants and children following traumatism at birth or later, or following convulsive attacks from any cause, are frequent in the literature. The following case, however, appears unusual because of the absence of known cause and also by reason of the gradual onset of the hemiplegia with intermittency of the initial symptoms, because of which brain tumor and tuberculoma were considered as causative lesions.

History.  —The patient, a male infant of 19 months, was brought to me Dec. 1, 1914, because of paralysis of right side. Both parents were intelligent. Insanity, syphilis and tuberculosis were denied. The maternal grandfather had been alcoholic. The mother was alcoholic. The child was the first born, was delivered without any difficulty, and appeared quite normal at birth. A few days after birth a petechial eruption was noticed on trunk and limbs. This eruption subsided in a day or two. The

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