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TORSION DYSTONIA AND SO-CALLED BREAST MILK INTOXICATION

TOSHIWO TANAKA, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1264-1269. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050162017.
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So-called breast milk intoxication, as was reported in a previous article.1 afflicts only infants about 7 months old (infantile beriberi being seen only in infants about 2 months old), who are nourished with breast milk of the mother or a wetnurse, and the breast milk is considered to be the cause of this illness. The symptoms will not be repeated here in detail, but I wish to emphasize that so-called breast milk intoxication is really encephalitis haemorrhagica superior (or inferior) acuta resulting from breast feeding, as has been proved by anatomic studies. In most instances the patient recovers soon after the breast feedings are discontinued. However, if the infant continues to receive the breast milk, other symptoms will appear in addition to the usual symptoms of so-called breast milk intoxication—motions like those associated with chorea minor and athetosis or other curious movements. These symptoms were present in 25 per

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