Thursday, December 8, 2016

3 month old with hypotonia

3 month old baby with history of honey intake (Given by grandpa) presents with constipation, feeding difficulty, hypotonia. What is the cause of the baby's symptoms?

1. Ingestion of preformed toxin
2. Ingestion of pesticide
3. Ingestion of bacterial spore
4. Bacterial infection of the meninges
5. Urinary tract infection

Answer given below:

If you picked 1, you're wrong.

Infant botulism is caused by botulinium spores in honey, corn syrup that germinate and multiply in the intestinal tract and produce toxin.

Adult botulism is caused by ingestion of preformed toxin.

I just wanted to make that point clear. And emphasize how tricky any exam can get with word play.

Don't stress.

That's all! =)

Oh and the answer is 3.



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