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Hurst's disease

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A hyperacute form of acute haemorrhagic leukoencephalitis occurring in hitherto healthy persons, usually 30 to 40 years of age. A respiratory tract infection may precede the onset, and after a fulminant course the patient becomes comatose and death takes place within a few days.


  • E. W. Hurst:
    Acute haemorrhagic leukoencephalitis: Previously undefined entity.
    Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, 1941, 2: 1-6.

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