Botulism

Botulism: descending paralysis: starts at eyes, face, jaw, spread downward to arms, legs, diaphragm


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  • Botulism
  • descending paralysis: starts at eyes, face, jaw, spread downward to arms, legs, diaphragm
  • descending paralysis (starts at eyes, face, jaw), floppy baby
  • descending paralysis (starts at eyes, face, jaw)
  • spore in stool, EMG shows facilitation
  • preformed toxin (adults), ingested spores (infants), gram positive rod, spore forming, toxin blocks release of acetacholine
  • antitoxin, vent support if needed