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CALCIUM CONTENT OF THE BLOOD SERUM DURING AN EPILEPTIC CONVULSION

CALCIUM CONTENT OF THE BLOOD SERUM DURING AN EPILEPTIC CONVULSION Abstract A review of the literature on the calcium content of the blood serum during an epileptic convulsion reveals no adequate series of cases with the values based on an accepted method. Determinations of the calcium content between seizures have been made by many workers. The values usually fall within normal limits. Bigwood,1 Parhon and Ornstein,2 and Di Renzo and Tomasino3 reported values lower than normal, while others, namely, Patterson4 and Hernandez del Valle,5 reported levels above the upper limit of normal. A study of the calcium content of the blood serum has been made on a series of fifty unselected, nonfasting patients with chronic epilepsy at the New Jersey State Village at Skillman. Blood was removed for determination of its calcium content during a major convulsive seizure and subsequently, from the same patients, between attacks. METHOD The specimens were taken between 1: 45 and 2: References 1. Bigwood, E. J., cited by Lennox, W., and Allen, Margaret B.: Studies in Epilepsy: XI. The Calcium Content of the Blood and of the Spinal Fluid , Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 24:1199 ( (Dec.) ) 1930. 2. Parhon, C. L., and Ornstein, J.: On the Calcium of the Blood and Spinal Cord in Epilepsy as Well as in Certain Psychoses , Bull. et mém. Soc. méd. d. hôp. de Paris 54:742, 1930. 3. Di Renzo, F., and Tomasino, A.: Research on the Behavior of Calcium and Potassium in the Blood of Epileptics in the Period Between Attacks and During Attacks , Rassegna di studi psichiat. 19:503, 1930. 4. Patterson, H. A.: Some Observations on Blood Calcium Content in Epilepsy and the Convulsive States , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Company, 1931, vol. 7, pt. 1, p. 387. 5. Hernandez del Valle, P.: Calcium Content of Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid: Potassium Content of Blood in Epileptics , Arch. cardiol. y hemat. 14:150 ( (April) ) 1933. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

CALCIUM CONTENT OF THE BLOOD SERUM DURING AN EPILEPTIC CONVULSION

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American Medical Association
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0096-6754
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10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260090143010
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Abstract

Abstract A review of the literature on the calcium content of the blood serum during an epileptic convulsion reveals no adequate series of cases with the values based on an accepted method. Determinations of the calcium content between seizures have been made by many workers. The values usually fall within normal limits. Bigwood,1 Parhon and Ornstein,2 and Di Renzo and Tomasino3 reported values lower than normal, while others, namely, Patterson4 and Hernandez del Valle,5 reported levels above the upper limit of normal. A study of the calcium content of the blood serum has been made on a series of fifty unselected, nonfasting patients with chronic epilepsy at the New Jersey State Village at Skillman. Blood was removed for determination of its calcium content during a major convulsive seizure and subsequently, from the same patients, between attacks. METHOD The specimens were taken between 1: 45 and 2: References 1. Bigwood, E. J., cited by Lennox, W., and Allen, Margaret B.: Studies in Epilepsy: XI. The Calcium Content of the Blood and of the Spinal Fluid , Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 24:1199 ( (Dec.) ) 1930. 2. Parhon, C. L., and Ornstein, J.: On the Calcium of the Blood and Spinal Cord in Epilepsy as Well as in Certain Psychoses , Bull. et mém. Soc. méd. d. hôp. de Paris 54:742, 1930. 3. Di Renzo, F., and Tomasino, A.: Research on the Behavior of Calcium and Potassium in the Blood of Epileptics in the Period Between Attacks and During Attacks , Rassegna di studi psichiat. 19:503, 1930. 4. Patterson, H. A.: Some Observations on Blood Calcium Content in Epilepsy and the Convulsive States , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Company, 1931, vol. 7, pt. 1, p. 387. 5. Hernandez del Valle, P.: Calcium Content of Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid: Potassium Content of Blood in Epileptics , Arch. cardiol. y hemat. 14:150 ( (April) ) 1933.

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Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 1936

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