H1N1 causing neurological problems in Indian kids
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Over the last one month paediatric neurologists have treated at least five to six confirmed cases of H1N1 in children, who have presented with neurological complications primarily, instead of the usual fever, cough and throat infection and have strongly advised physicians to think of H1N1 while treating unexplained seizures or inflammation in the brain. This came into focus when a 10-month-old child was brought into a Mumbai hospital in an extremely critical condition. While a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) test ruled out dengue and other infections such as herpes, the MRI scan was the red flag as it showed bleeding in the thalamus. The diagnosis was of acute necrotising encephalopathy of childhood (ANEC), a kind of brain damage, which can be caused by viral infections like H1N1 but they are extremely rare even though about 30% of H1N1 affected patients have neurological symptoms like headache and irritability...


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