Case Report

Atypic subacute sclerosing panensefalitis in a six-year-old male

Serap Bilge*, Neslihan Özcan, Duygu Güner Özcanyüz, Gülen Gül Mert, Faruk İncecik and M Özlem Hergüner

Published: 23 November, 2022 | Volume 5 - Issue 1 | Pages: 039-041

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a rare, slow, and insidious neurodegenerative disease caused by measles. This disease mostly has a classic course. However, sometimes it can be presented with atypical manifestations. In this paper, we aim to present a six years old male patient that was hospitalized due to seizures and ataxia. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging was normal on the first day of admission, but within a few days, the patient started to be apathetic. On the seventh day, magnetic resonance imaging showed hyperintense lesions in the thalamic, brainstem, and periventricular areas. Periodic epileptiform discharges were detected in the repeated electroencephalogram. Investigations from the cerebrospinal fluid showed markedly elevated measles virus IgG at 230U/ml consistent with the diagnosis of SSPE which should always be ruled out when a patient comes in with uncontrollable seizures, ataxia and apathy.

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Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis; Myoclonic seizure; Atypical course; Ataxia


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