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Rasmussen encephalitis: epilepsia partialis continua secondary to chronic encephalitis.
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PMID:  2127355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rasmussen encephalitis is a disease consisting of chronic encephalitis with progressive neurologic deficits and focal intractable seizure activity. The etiology is unknown, but pathologic specimens revealed changes consistent with viral encephalitis. Even though neuro-imaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, offer the prospect of specific, presurgical diagnostic criteria, the initial diagnosis usually is made on a clinical basis. Treatment modalities, including a wide variety of antiepileptic drug therapies and surgical interventions, may result in significant physical and mental impairments. We summarize the clinical presentation, diagnostic considerations, and different treatment protocols in a patient with this rare and debilitating disorder.
M L Zupanc; E G Handler; R L Levine; T W Jahn; G M ZuRhein; J M Rozental; R J Nickles; C R Partington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric neurology     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0887-8994     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Neurol.     Publication Date:    1990 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-04-15     Completed Date:  1991-04-15     Revised Date:  2006-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508183     Medline TA:  Pediatr Neurol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-401     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebral Cortex / pathology
Chronic Disease
Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
Encephalitis / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, Emission-Computed

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