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Acute Anterior Myelitis Complicating West Nile Fever

Acute Anterior Myelitis Complicating West Nile Fever Abstract • A healthy young man developed acute anterior myelitis resembling the "polio syndrome." He had visited an area (the Gulf of Suez) in which West Nile fever is endemic prior to his illness. The course of his febrile illness, the spinal fluid findings, and complement fixation antibody titers established the diagnosis of West Nile fever. Meningoencephalitis is a serious, and previously the only known, complication of this usually benign febrile illness. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of another neurological complication, namely acute anterior myelitis. References 1. Spigland I, Jasinska-Klingberg W, Hofshi E, et al: Clinical and laboratory observations in an outbreak of West-Nile fever in Israel . J Isr Med Assoc 54:275-281, 1958. 2. Pruzanski W, Altman R: Encephalitis due to West Nile fever virus . World Neurol 3:525-527, 1962. 3. Baker AB, Baker LH: Clinical Neurology . Hagerstown, Md, Harper & Row Publishers, 1975, Vol 2. 4. Kohn D, Schonfeld S, Zikel G: West Nile fever with meningeal involvement . Harefuah 85:316-317, 1973. 5. Manuelidis EE: Neuropathology of experimental West Nile virus infection in monkeys . J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 15:448-460, 1956.Crossref 6. Camenga DL, Nathanson N, Cole GA: Cyclophosphamide potentiated West Nile virus encephalitis: Relative influence of cellular and humoral factors . J Infect Dis 130:634-641, 1974.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology American Medical Association

Acute Anterior Myelitis Complicating West Nile Fever

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1979 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9942
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archneur.1979.00500390090012
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Abstract

Abstract • A healthy young man developed acute anterior myelitis resembling the "polio syndrome." He had visited an area (the Gulf of Suez) in which West Nile fever is endemic prior to his illness. The course of his febrile illness, the spinal fluid findings, and complement fixation antibody titers established the diagnosis of West Nile fever. Meningoencephalitis is a serious, and previously the only known, complication of this usually benign febrile illness. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of another neurological complication, namely acute anterior myelitis. References 1. Spigland I, Jasinska-Klingberg W, Hofshi E, et al: Clinical and laboratory observations in an outbreak of West-Nile fever in Israel . J Isr Med Assoc 54:275-281, 1958. 2. Pruzanski W, Altman R: Encephalitis due to West Nile fever virus . World Neurol 3:525-527, 1962. 3. Baker AB, Baker LH: Clinical Neurology . Hagerstown, Md, Harper & Row Publishers, 1975, Vol 2. 4. Kohn D, Schonfeld S, Zikel G: West Nile fever with meningeal involvement . Harefuah 85:316-317, 1973. 5. Manuelidis EE: Neuropathology of experimental West Nile virus infection in monkeys . J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 15:448-460, 1956.Crossref 6. Camenga DL, Nathanson N, Cole GA: Cyclophosphamide potentiated West Nile virus encephalitis: Relative influence of cellular and humoral factors . J Infect Dis 130:634-641, 1974.Crossref

Journal

Archives of NeurologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1979

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