Case of the Month #10 - botulism

Published 03/02/2022

Key Take Home Messages

  • Acute onset neurological conditions require a full and proper clinical examination and a full social history. 
  • Patients who are apyrexial with the 5D of botulism (Diplopia, Dysarthria, Dysphagia, Dyspnoea, Descending paralysis) should be treated as having botulism until proven otherwise. 
  • Early recognition and initiation of mechanical ventilation is key to survival.