SESSION TITLE: Rare Pulmonary Disorders
SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Slide
PRESENTED ON: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: Botulism is a rare form of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) paralysis caused by one of eight distinct toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Typically associated with infants and poorly preserved foods, botulism may be acquired via gastrointestinal absorption, wound infections, airborne inhalation or iatrogenic causes. We report a case of life-threatening wound botulism following injection of black tar heroin initially presenting with isolated bilateral vocal cord paralysis.