Many investigators have identified localized cortical involvement in subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) by clinical and electrophysiologic criteria. Some investigators have reported such abnormalities in the posterior cerebrum early in the course of the disease, but without radiologic correlation. Recently, magnetic resonance imaging has been used to follow the progression of SSPE. The largest reported study of SSPE utilizing magnetic resonance imaging indicated that focal abnormalities were distinctly rare and actually mitigated against the diagnosis of SSPE. We report an SSPE patient with focal cerebral dysfunction and magnetic resonance imaging evidence of distinctly focal inflammatory disease early in the course of the illness.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Clinical Neurology