36-Year-Old Woman With Loss of Consciousness, Fever, and Tachycardia

Freeman, William D.; Chabolla, David R.
May 2005
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;May2005, Vol. 80 Issue 5, p667
Academic Journal
The article discusses the case of a 36-year old woman who arrived by ambulance at the emergency department after experiencing seizure activity. She was at work when she lost consciousness. A coworker heard a scream and responded quickly. The coworker witnessed a stiffening and extension of the patient's body with arms flexed against the chest, followed by slight jerking movements, after which the patient was unresponsive for 4 to 5 minutes. The patient's medical history included depression, chronic back and neck pain, hypothyroidism, and episodic abuse of prescription narcotics without overdose or hospitalization. She had undergone total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy for endometriosis but reported no history of stroke, diabetes mellitus, head trauma, childhood febrile seizure, malignancy, encephalitis or meningitis, or any recent flu-like illness.


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