Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
(SSPE; Dawson Disease)
|Central Nervous System|
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- Measles infection in infancy
- Not being vaccinated against measles
- Arabs and Sephardic Jews have an incidence that is 6 times higher than Ashkenazi Jews.
- Caucasians have a 4-fold higher incidence than African Americans in the United States.
- Abnormal behavior
- Loss of intellectual abilities
- Memory loss
- Involuntary movements
- Inability to walk
- Speech impairment with poor understanding
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of consciousness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation http://www.cnsfederation.org
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Campbell H, Andrews N, Brown KE, Miller E. Review of the effect of measles vaccination on the epidemiology of SSPE. Int. J. Epidemiol. 2007;36:1134-1148.
Complications of measles. Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/complications.html. Updated October 23, 2012. Accessed May 20, 2013.
Measles. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 4, 2013. Accessed May 20, 2013.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/subacute%5Fpanencephalitis/subacute%5Fpanencephalitis.htm. Updated February 16, 2011. Accessed May 20, 2013.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/06/2014 -
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