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OBSERVATIONS ON INFANTILE TETANY

OBSERVATIONS ON INFANTILE TETANY In an article entitled "Observations on the Calcium Content of the Blood in Infantile Tetany and the Effect of Treatment by Calcium" Howland and Marriott1 reviewed the essential points in the development of our knowledge of the disease, discussed the theories of its causation, the rôle of calcium and phosphates in its pathogenesis and the relationship between this condition and rickets. They determined the calcium content of the serum in a large series of cases of active tetany, and studied the effect of the administration of calcium chlorid on the clinical manifestations of the disease and on the calcium content of the serum. They concluded as follows: In tetany during the active symptoms the calcium of the serum is invariably greatly reduced and may fall as low as 3.5 mg. The average calcium content of the serum in eighteen cases was 5.6 mg. In convulsive disorders other than tetany http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1921 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1921.04120050002001
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Abstract

In an article entitled "Observations on the Calcium Content of the Blood in Infantile Tetany and the Effect of Treatment by Calcium" Howland and Marriott1 reviewed the essential points in the development of our knowledge of the disease, discussed the theories of its causation, the rôle of calcium and phosphates in its pathogenesis and the relationship between this condition and rickets. They determined the calcium content of the serum in a large series of cases of active tetany, and studied the effect of the administration of calcium chlorid on the clinical manifestations of the disease and on the calcium content of the serum. They concluded as follows: In tetany during the active symptoms the calcium of the serum is invariably greatly reduced and may fall as low as 3.5 mg. The average calcium content of the serum in eighteen cases was 5.6 mg. In convulsive disorders other than tetany

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 1921

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