encephalitis lethargica


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encephalitis lethargica

[en‚sef·ə′līd·əs lə′thär·jə·kə]
(medicine)
Epidemic encephalitis, probably of viral etiology, characterized by lethargy, ophthalmoplegia, hyperkinesia, and at times residual neurologic disability, particularly parkinsonism with oculogyric crisis. Also known as epidemic encephalitis; sleeping sickness; von Economo's disease.
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Few patients had extrapyramidal and/or pyramidal sequelae due to the progression to encephalitis lethargica (8), (14) (8%) and acute necrotizing encephalopathy (8%), (16), (21) or following severe encephalopathy (4%).
Sebastian said: "It altered his physical and mental state for the rest of his life and led to the encephalitis lethargica which he had probably contracted in China as a baby.
A child prodigy from Birmingham, who could play piano without being taught, Philip was struck down by the rare encephalitis lethargica epidemic when he was 11.
Laurie Winn Carlson argues that accusations of witchcraft were linked to an epidemic of encephalitis and that it was a specific form of this disease, encephalitis lethargica, that accounts for the symptoms suffered by the afflicted, those who accused their neighbors of bewitching them.
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