Human rabies encephalitis following bat exposure: failure of therapeutic coma

McDermid, Robert C.; Saxinger, Lynora; Lee, Bonita; Johnstone, Jennie; Gibney, R.T. Noel; Johnson, Marcia; Bagshaw, Sean M.
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/26/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 5, p557
Academic Journal
The article offers information about the case of a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with human rabies encephalitis which was inflicted by a bat. The initial evaluation was irritability, lethargy, and hypersalivation then after 48 hours, multifocal myoclonus and decorticate posturing were exhibited by the patient. It is suggested that early consultation with a public health officials is a must if you are exposed in rabies. The said disease is a progressive encephalitis and death, and the appropriate therapy is palliative. The article also presents the Milwaukee Protocol.


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