encephalitis lethargica

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encephalitis le·thar·gi·ca

A viral epidemic encephalitis marked by apathy, paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle, and extreme muscular weakness. It occurred in various parts of the world between 1915 and 1926. Also called sleeping sickness.

[New Latin encephalītis lēthargica : encephalītis, encephalitis + Latin lēthargica, feminine of lēthargicus, sleepy.]

encephalitis lethargica

(Pathology) pathol a technical name for sleeping sickness2
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Noun1.encephalitis lethargica - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926encephalitis lethargica - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926; symptoms include paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle and extreme muscular weakness
cephalitis, encephalitis, phrenitis - inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)
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Awakenings (1973), his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early 20th century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.
THE STORY: It is 1971, and Audrey De'Ath, a victim of the encephalitis lethargica epidemic that swept through Europe in the early 20th century, has been catatonic in a London mental hospital since 1922.
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Two adults progressed to encephalitis lethargica (8), (14) and 4 children to acute necrotizing encephalopathy, (16), (19), (21), (22) while other reported cases presented with encephalomyelitis, (10) meningoencephalitis, (9) or pseudobulbar palsy, [11] with accompaniment of severe intracranial hypertension.