The diagnosis of postencephalitic parkinsonism at the neurological unit of Boston City Hospital, 1930-1981

Joel A. Vilensky, Roger C. Duvosin, Sid Gilman

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Abstract

The objective of the study is to ascertain the rationale for the diagnosis of postencephalitic parkinsonism (PEP) at Boston City Hospital's Neurological Unit (1930-1981). 5,270 discharge summaries were evaluated for the diagnoses of PEP. Sixteen cases of PEP were identified; the diagnosis of PEP was justified in approximately half of these cases based on the published criteria for distinguishing PEP from Parkinson's disease (PD). In conclusions, the absence of a clear justification for the diagnosis of PEP in many of the 16 cases suggests that the accepted relationship between encephalitis lethargica and PEP may be less definitive than currently believed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Encephalitis lethargica
  • Oculogyric crises
  • Parkinsonism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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