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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 331-334

Diphtheritic polyneuropathy in the wake of resurgence of diphtheria

Department of Pediatrics, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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D Manikyamba
Department of Pediatrics, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.174441

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Objective: To study the clinical profile and outcome in children with diphtheritic polyneuropathy (DP). Methodology: 13 children with polyneuropathy were included in this study. Their demographic profile, age, sex and immunization status were recorded. Detailed clinical and neurological examination was done. Investigations like CSF analysis, NCV studies, MRI brain were done. The results were tabulated and analyzed. Results: All the children presented with bulbar palsy and had h/o membranous tonsillitis. Isolated palatal palsy was seen in 7 children (53%). 6 (46.1%) children developed quadriparesis. 1 child expired and recovery is complete in rest of the 12 children. Children with isolated bulbar palsy recovered within 2 to 4 weeks while children with quadriparesis recovered within 5-6 wks. Conclusions: Any child diagnosed with diphtheria should be followed for 3-6 months in anticipation of neurological complications. DP carries good prognosis hence timely diagnosis and differentiation from other neuropathies is a prerequisite for rational management.


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