TITLE

botulism

PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p279
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
A definition of the medical term "botulism" is presented. Botulism refers to a paralytic and occasionally fatal illness caused by exposure to toxins released from an anaerobic, gram-positive bacillus called Clostridium botulinum. In adults, the disease usually occurs after food contaminated by the toxin is eaten, after gastrointestinal surgery or after the toxin is released into an infected wound. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of botulism are discussed.
ACCESSION #
21221441

 

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