DAN C. ROEHM, M.D.
When the human body is massively invaded by the larvae of Trichinella spiralis, a violent systemic reaction is evoked which may lead to death within several weeks.1 With the advent of clinical use of ACTH and cortisone it has become possible to intervene in this previously uncontrollable sequence and to preserve life in these critical instances.2-4 Such a therapeutic possibility makes urgent the prompt recognition of acute trichinosis, whose manifestations are, however, exceedingly protean. A more immediate and conclusive laboratory procedure would be helpful. Until this is available, a high degree of clinical awareness must be maintained, particularly in the
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ROEHM DC. TRICHINOSIS: REPORT OF CASE MANIFESTING MYOCARDITIS, ENCEPHALITIS AND RADIAL NEURITIS; RESPONSE TO ACTH; REVIEW OF LITERATURE REGARDING THE ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE(TRICHINOSIS: REPORT OF CASE MANIFESTING MYOCARDITIS, ENCEPHALITIS AND RADIAL NEURITIS; RESPONSE TO ACTH; REVIEW OF LITERATURE REGARDING THE ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE*). Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:1026–1040. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-5-1026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(5):1026-1040.
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