Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

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Synonyms

  • Dawson's Disease
  • Dawson's Encephalitis
  • Panencephalitis, Subacute Sclerosing
  • SSPE

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). The disease may develop due to reactivation of the measles virus or an inappropriate immune response to the measles virus. SSPE usually develops 2 to 10 years after the original viral attack. Initial symptoms may include memory loss, irritability, seizures, involuntary muscle movements, and/or behavioral changes, leading to neurological deterioration.

Supporting Organizations

Encephalitis Global

18 North Broadway #404
Tarrytown, NY 10591
USA
Tel: 604-980-2236
Fax: (604)904-0809
Email: admin@encephalitisglobal.org
Website: http://www.encephalitisglobal.org

Encephalitis Society

32 Castlegate
Malton
North Yorkshire, YO17 7DT
United Kingdom
Tel: 4401653692583
Website: http://www.encephalitis.info

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations
5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
Tel: (301)496-5717
Fax: (301)402-3573
Tel: (866)284-4107
Email: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

Transverse Myelitis Association

1787 Sutter Parkway
Powell, OH 43065-8806
USA
Tel: (614)766-1806
Email: info@myelitis.org
Website: http://www.myelitis.org

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Last Updated:  12/9/1969
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