Basic Summary for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis


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Main name of condition: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
Other names or spellings: Dawson Disease, SSPE


What is Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Brief description of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Rare brain condition arising years after measles infection.
  Parent types of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Brain conditions, Brain infection
  Organs Affected by Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: brain
How many people get Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Prevalance of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: rare - because of the rarity of measles due to vaccination programs.
Who gets Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Patient Profile for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Children and young adults usually.
  Profile for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: SSPE is primarily a disease of children and young adults. Since the widespread use of the measles vaccine, SSPE has become very rare. 1
How serious is Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Prognosis of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Poor. Often fatal within 1-3 years.
  Prognosis of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: SSPE is almost always a fatal disease. Death usually occurs between 1 and 3 years after onset, although some remissions have been reported. 1
What causes Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Causes of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is caused by a reaction to the measles virus. 1
  Causes of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: see causes of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
What are the symptoms of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis?
  Symptoms of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: see symptoms of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: see treatments for Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

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

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