In this CHOC Children’s grand rounds video presentation, Dr. Jenna Timboe, third-year pediatric resident at CHOC/UCI, highlights a case of a 4-month-old presenting with hypotonia, also known as “rag doll” syndrome. Dr. Timboe explains how to evaluate an infant with hypotonia and how to differentiate between various etiologies.
In addition, she reviews the history of botulism and associated risk factors. She also provides an overview of the diagnostic evaluation of botulism and explains who to contact if botulism is suspected. Lastly, she reviews treatment and expected prognosis.
Understanding how to appropriately diagnose and treat botulism can impact the duration of the illness and the need for ICU support.