J Pediatr Neurol
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677711
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Atypical Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis in a Young Child: Implications for Change in Vaccination Strategy

Chandrika Azad
1  Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
,
Adhi Arya
1  Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
,
Deepti Raina
2  Government Institute for Rehabilitation of Intellectual Disabilities, Chandigarh, India
,
Rekha Gupta
3  Department of Radiodiagnosis, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh
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Publication History

16 October 2018

18 December 2018

Publication Date:
21 January 2019 (eFirst)

Abstract

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a serious neurological complication of measles with no satisfactory treatment options. The prolonged incubation period makes it rare in young children. The occurrence of primary measles infection in infants before age of vaccination can be prevented only by ensuring adequate vaccination of all females in childbearing age. Here, we present a case of an atypical presentation of SSPE in a toddler who contracted measles at 6 months of age.