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Poliomyelitis-like syndrome following asthmatic attack (Hopkins’ syndrome)—Recovery associated with i. v. gamma globulin treatment

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A report on a 15-year-old male with a diagnosis of poliomyelitis-like syndrome (Hopkins’ syndrome) following an asthmatic attack is presented. The prognosis of Hopkins’ syndrome is usually poor and the patients remain with permanent paralysis of the affected limb. The outcome correlates with severity of the initial injury to the anterior horn cell as reflected by abnormal electrophysiologic studies. This is the first case report of treatment with i. v. gamma globulin in Hopkins’ syndrome which resulted in a nearly complete recovery.

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Cohen, H.A., Ashkenasi, A., Wolach, B. et al. Poliomyelitis-like syndrome following asthmatic attack (Hopkins’ syndrome)—Recovery associated with i. v. gamma globulin treatment. Infection 26, 247 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02962374

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Keywords

  • Acute Asthma
  • Gamma Globulin
  • Deltoid Muscle
  • Acute Respiratory Illness
  • Asthmatic Attack