Convulsions associated with shigellosis in children

F. R. Carson, J. L. Susman

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Seizures are the most common extraintestinal manifestation of shigellosis. Predisposing or associated features include young age, family or personal history of seizure disorder, elevated temperature, hyponatremia and increased band cells in the leukocyte count. There is usually a prompt response to antibiotic therapy, with no residual neurologic deficits from the convulsions. Shigellosis should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of a young child with an isolated generalized seizure and associated gastrointestinal illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-218
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Family Practice


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