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The California serogroup viruses are mosquito viruses that cause human infections on five continents. They are maintained and amplified in nature by a wide variety of mosquito vectors and mammalian hosts; they thrive in a remarkably wide variety of microclimates (eg, tropical, coastal temperate marshland, lowland river valleys, alpine valleys and highlands,(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) are conditions whose closely related pathology suggests shared pathophysiological elements, but whose clinical courses are usually, but not always quite dissimilar. The former is largely a disease of adulthood, the latter of childhood. Optic neuritis, demyelinative transverse myelitis,(More)
Congenital muscular dystrophies (CMDs) are autosomal recessive, heterogeneous disorders. The most frequent form in the Caucasian population is classic (occidental) CMD, characterized by exclusive muscle involvement, although abnormal brain white matter signals are occasionally observed on MRI. Recently, deficiency of merosin, the laminin isoform in skeletal(More)
We report a study of 73 consecutive children with acute cerebellar ataxia, representing all of the children evaluated at St. Louis Children's Hospital during a 23-year-period to whom this diagnosis could appropriately be assigned. Twenty-six percent had chickenpox, 52% had other illnesses that were presumed to be viral, and in 3% the ataxia was related to(More)
The capacity of brain to dephosphorylate glucose-6-phosphate has been established, but the magnitude and significance of this capacity in vivo are debated, particularly in regard to dephosphorylation of the glucose analog 2-deoxyglucose. We now report results of external measurement in the brains of conscious rats with simultaneous resolution and(More)
Hyperammonemia is an adverse effect of valproate (VPA) treatment. In particular, transient hyperammonemia has been reported to occur in VPA-treated patients after protein-rich meals. This phenomenon may occur secondary to a VPA-mediated carnitine insufficiency. We sought to confirm that protein ingestion would result in transient hyperammonemia and to(More)
The clinical characteristics and neurologic outcome of 15 newborn infants with seizures due to hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia have been studied with careful exclusion of those patients who had other possible etiologies for seizures. Associated diagnoses included severe congenital heart disease in 7 of 15 (47%) patients. Possible causes for this association(More)
Facial nerve palsy, a very rare complication of Kawasaki syndrome, has been reported in only 25 patients. We treated a 12-week-old boy with bilateral coronary artery aneurysms due to Kawasaki syndrome who developed marked unilateral peripheral facial nerve palsy on day 36 of illness. None of the 25 previously reported patients with this complication were(More)