A case of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis in a 23-year-old recent immigrant to Australia

Eloise Williams, Iain J. Abbott, Lai Y.in Law, Stephen D.avid Guy

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A 23‐year‐old woman presented with a generalised tonic–clonic seizure on a background of 9 months of progressive neurological decline (characterised by involuntary jerks, monocular visual disturbance and reduced speech) resulting in falls, impaired ability to perform activities of daily living and urinary incontinence. Examination showed right‐sided myoclonus, bilateral parkinsonism, primitive reflexes present, akinetic mutism and retinal scarring apparent on fundoscopy.

Two years previously, she had migrated to Australia from the Philippines; her family reported that her neurodevelopment was normal and that she had received routine childhood vaccinations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-265
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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