oa South African Medical Journal - Epidemic myalgia in Cape Town : pleurodynia or Bornholm disease

Volume 24, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Ten cases of Bornholm disease seen. in Cape Town over the past few months are descriptionbed. The malady presents with the sudden onset of an acute pain which may simulate pleurisy (pleurodynia) or the acute abdomen, but there are no corroborative findings. This essentially negative examination is very characteristic. The diagnosis is readily made by the history, general appearance and observation of the case for a day or two. The illness lasts a few days, often subsides only to recur again; but after about three days it is usually over with complete recovery.

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