Of war and sausages: A case-directed review of infant botulism

Authors

  • Michelle Barnes,

    1. Department of General Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
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  • Philip N Britton,

    Corresponding author
    1. Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
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  • Davinder Singh-Grewal

    1. Department of General Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
    2. Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Declaration of conflict of interest: The authors declare no relevant conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Philip N Britton, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Corner Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead, Sydney, NSW 2145, Australia. Fax: 02 9845 3291; email: philipb@chw.edu.au

Abstract

Within a 3-month period, two infants presented non-specifically to hospital and rapidly progressed developing flaccid paralysis. Both children were diagnosed with infant botulism. We briefly review these two cases and discuss the diagnostic and management issues involved with this rare childhood disease.

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