subacute sclerosing panencephalitis
noun Etymology: panencephalitis from New Latin, from pan- + encephalitis Date: 1950 a usually fatal neurological disease of children and young adults caused by infection of the brain by a previously latent measles virus that is marked especially by intellectual deterioration, behavioral changes, myoclonic seizures, progressive deterioration of motor and mental functioning, and coma

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  • Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — Classification and external resources ICD 10 A81.1 ICD 9 046.2 …   Wikipedia

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — n a usu. fatal neurological disease of children and young adults that is caused by infection of the brain by a previously latent morbillivirus causing measles and that is marked esp. by behavioral changes, myoclonic seizures, progressive… …   Medical dictionary

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — noun a rare chronic progressive encephalitis caused by the measles virus and occurring primarily in children and young adults; death usually occurs within three years; characterized by primary measles infection before the age of two years • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — Diffuse inflammation of the brain resulting from virus and prion infections …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — (= SSPE) Chronic progressive illness seen in children a few years after measles infection, and involving demyelination of the cerebral cortex. Virus apparently persists in brain cells: usually considered a slow virus disease …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — /skli roh sing pan en sef euh luy tis, pan /, Pathol. a rare infection of the central nervous system caused by the measles virus, occurring in children and adolescents several years after a measles attack and characterized by progressive… …   Universalium

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — (SSPE) a rare and late complication of measles characterized by a slow progressive neurological deterioration that is usually fatal. It can occur four to ten years after the initial infection …   Medical dictionary

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — SSPE a rare and late complication of measles characterized by a slow progressive neurological deterioration that is usually fatal. It can occur four to ten years after the initial infection …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — sub′acute scle•ros′ing pan′en•ceph•a•li′tis [[t]sklɪˈroʊ sɪŋ ˈpæn ɛnˌsɛf əˈlaɪ tɪs, ˌpæn [/t]] n. pat an infection of the central nervous system caused by the measles virus, occurring in children and adolescents several years after a measles… …   From formal English to slang

  • Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) — A chronic brain disease of children and adolescents that occurs months to often years after an attack of measles, causing convulsions, motor abnormalities, mental retardation and, usually, death …   Medical dictionary

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