Podcast #88: Baby Botulism

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Author: Dr. Erik Verzemnieks

Educational Pearls:

  • Caused by inhalation of spores – most common source is soil and honey.
  • 50% of cases are in California followed by Pennsylvania – due to agricultural and industrial nature of the states.
  • Symptoms start as poor feeding, weakness, and constipation – eventually leads to paralysis, respiratory distress and arrest – rarely gets this far, 2% of cases end in fatalities.
  • Tested through stool cultures and treated with Baby botulism immune globulin (BabyBIG).

Link to Podcast:  http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/baby-botulism/

References:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001384.htm

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