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August 1977

Botulism in Infancy: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Dr McKee), Neurology (Dr Kilroy), and Medicine (Dr Schaffner), and the Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, and the Children's Clinic (Dr Harrison), Jackson, Tenn.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(8):857-859. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120210035007

• A 22-day-old infant developed infant botulism characterized by profound weakness, hypotonia, respiratory arrest, areflexia, ptosis, pupils that responded poorly to light, and absent gag reflex. Stool examination yielded Clostridium botulinum type B organisms and type B toxin. Electromyography provided rapid diagnostic assistance. With supportive care, recovery was complete. This "new" disease probably is more common than now appreciated.

(Am J Dis Child 131:857-859, 1977)

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