Sunday, April 22, 2007

Neurologic symptoms of anthrax

The major one is fulminant and rapidly fatal hemorrhagic meningoencephalitis. Fever with neurologic deterioration and dark necrotic pustules on the extremities, gram postive rods in CSF and multifocal cerebral bleeding, anthrax should be considered. Inhalational form is muchmore likely to cause the above than cutaneous forms. Death usually occurs within one week. Conversely, headache and confusion are common presenting signs.

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