Section 34
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Streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome presenting with hypoglycemia and reversible paralysis

Rubino, D.M.; Gorman, S.E.; Timmons, J.A.; Leikin, J.B.

American Journal of Emergency Medicine 11(3): 239-242


ISSN/ISBN: 0735-6757
PMID: 8489667
DOI: 10.1016/0735-6757(93)90134-w
Accession: 033506322

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A patient with pharyngitis progressive to Toxic Shock-Like Syndrome presented to the emergency department with a chief complaint of lower extremity paralysis. This paraplegia was completely reversed with the administration of intravenous glucose. Hypoglycemia-induced paraplegia has not previously been reported in the medical literature, and this report emphasizes the importance of considering low-blood glucose as a potential etiology for patients who present with these neurological symptoms.

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