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Posted by Richard Levitt on September 15, 2000 at 22:59:29:

Any thoughts on the following would be appreciated:
My mother, 80 years old, suffers from Parkinsons (stage 5) and Alzheimers. During the last several months she has developed intermittent periods (lasting anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes)during which she sweats profusely, and fiddles with her hands, usually playing with her clothes nearby her stomach. She is particularly rigid and nonresponsive during these periods. And often they are accompanied by fever (not clear if fever is related). Antibiotics have addressed the fever (though not completely) but have not affected the sweating, etc. The failure of the antibotics to fully address the fever is a substantial problem, as we do not want to send her home from the hospital (and therefore off of I-V antibiotics), only to have to return her to the hospital in a few days (as we have twice done) when her fever elevates.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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