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Contagious Weakness in an Elderly Couple with Neurologic Emergencies

  • Author(s): Matthews, Cari E.
  • Garg, Vikram K.
  • Sanyal, Pallabi
  • Baban, Kandan
  • Grudko, Kenneth
  • Field, Adam G.
  • et al.
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We present an unusual neurologic emergency in an elderly male patient. Given his presentation and risk factors, we presumed the initial symptoms to be secondary to a cerebrovascular accident. As the case evolved, however, it became apparent that a more unusual pathology was present. This case report showcases a rare condition masquerading as a common neurologic emergency. [West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(1):87-89.]

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