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Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

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

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.

Resources

Transverse Myelitis Association
1787 Sutter Parkway
Tacoma, OH 43065-8806
USA
Tel: (614)766-1806
Email: ssiegel@myelitis.org
Internet: http://www.myelitis.org

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Office of Communications and Government Relations
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
Tel: (301)496-5717
Fax: (301)402-3573
Tel: (866)284-4107
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

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

Encephalitis Society
7B Saville Street
Malton
North Yorkshire, YO17 7LL
UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1653 699 599
Fax: +44 (0) 1653 604 369
Email: mail@encephalitis.info
Internet: 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
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

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Last Updated:  9/17/2007
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