devil's grip

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1. a grasping or clasping.
2. popular term for influenza.
devil's grip epidemic pleurodynia.
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Bornholm disease

A coxsackievirus B infection first described on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Clinical findings
A usually self-limited viral illness characterised by sudden onset of spasmodic pain in the lower chest often with dyspnoea, nonspecific abdominal pain, myalgia, fever, headache and myocarditis.

DiffDx, pleuritic pain
Pulmonary embolism, pleural effusion, myocarditis, pericarditis, pneumothorax, Tietz syndrome, shingles.

DiffDx, abdominal pain
Peptic ulcer, cholecystitis, hepatitis, subphrenic abscess.

Transmitted oral-faecally with shared drinks, is highly contagious, occurs in the spring and fall in temperate climates, primarily affects children and young adults and causes severe disease in neonates.
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hand-foot-and-mouth dis·ease

(hand-fut-mowth di-zēz')
An exanthematous eruption of small, pearl-gray vesicles of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles, accompanied by painful vesicles and ulceration of the buccal mucous membrane and the tongue and by slight fever; the disease lasts 4-7 days, and is usually caused by Coxsackie virus type A-16, but other types have been identified. This disease is highly contagious and affects many children.

ep·i·dem·ic pleu·ro·dy·ni·a

(ep'i-dem'ik plūr'ō-din'ē-ă)
An acute infectious disease usually occurring in epidemic form, characterized by paroxysms of pain, usually in the chest, and associated with strains of coxsackievirus type B.
Synonym(s): Bornholm disease, Daae disease, devil's grip, diaphragmatic pleurisy, epidemic myalgia, epidemic myositis, myositis epidemica acuta, Sylvest disease.
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