Medical Dictionary: Dawson Disease

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Dawson Disease: Another name for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis.
Dawson Disease (condition): Rare brain condition arising years after measles infection.

Dawson Disease: Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is caused by a reaction to the measles virus. It can occur anywhere from 2 to 10 years after the original measles illness, and generally results in progressive neurological deterioration due to brain inflammation. 1

More information on medical condition: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis:

1. excerpt from NINDS Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis Information Page: NINDS

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