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Blind, deaf and mute after a status epilepticus caused by hyperpyrexia from shigellosis--a case report with a four-year follow-up.

Authors
  • van Dongen, H R
  • Loonen, M C
  • Heersema, D J
  • de Groot, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuropediatrics
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1993
Volume
24
Issue
6
Pages
343–345
Identifiers
PMID: 8133983
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A nearly four-year-old boy awoke blind, deaf and mute from a coma of five days duration after a status epilepticus caused by hyperpyrexia from shigellosis. The authors give a detailed report of the recovery. Visual and auditory functions recovered within six months after the onset but expressive language difficulties remained. Following a discussion of the underlying mechanisms producing the cerebral damage, the hypothesis of a type of "disconnection syndrome" is put forward to explain the persisting language deficit.

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