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Trop Doct. 2012 Oct;42(4):191-4. doi: 10.1258/td.2012.120286.

Spectrum of neurological manifestations in dengue virus infection in Northwest India.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Christian MedicalCollege, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.


The objective of this study was to study the spectrum of neurological manifestations in patients with dengue infection. This was a prospective study undertaken at the Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India. All patients diagnosed with dengue fever during an epidemic (1 September 2010-31 December 2010) were screened for neurological manifestations. There were a total of 799 patients with dengue infection. Neurological manifestations were present in 21 (2.63%), 19 of whom were men with a mean age of 33.7 ± 13.9 years. The neurological diagnoses were hypokalaemia with: quadriparesis (7); myositis (4); encephalopathy (4); Guillain-Barre syndrome (2); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (2); lumbosacral plexopathy (1); and intracranial haemorrhage (1). Three of these patients died. Clinicians should be aware that neurological manifestations in dengue fever are not uncommon.

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