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Dorsolumbar Myelitis Following Antirabies Vaccination with Duck Embryo Vaccine

Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(1):114-116. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-1-114
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Neurologic reactions after antirabies vaccination are rare, but constitute the principal hazard in the use of this vaccine (1). These reactions occur in three main types: [1] peripheral neuritis, particularly involving the facial nerve, with complete recovery; [2] the spinal form, affecting particularly the lumbar and dorsal sections of the cord; and [3] the cerebral form in which there is an acute encephalitis (2). The spinal, or early form, has an incubation period from 1 to 3 weeks after the first inoculation, followed by fever and sensory and motor disturbances of the dorsolumbar region of the cord. The cerebral, or


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