from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Encephalitis that affects both gray and white matter of the brain, resulting in progressive loss of mental and motor functions.
- n. Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
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- n. diffuse inflammation of the entire brain
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Less commonly it can cause pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis and worst of all subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain that emerges some years after the measles infection one in 100, 000 people.
We are increasingly persuaded that measuring things in blood many years down the line tells us very little about the initiating events in what is, in effect, a static (non-progressive) encephalopathy unlike, for example, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, which is a progressive measles encephalopathy.
Look at "Nervous Systems" which reads "Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute scloerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia."
Slow virus encephalitis subacute panencephalitis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Australian Medical Association Queensland president-elect Doctor Mason Stevenson said, however, measles was not a harmless disease and could have serious long-term consequences, such as a progressive and fatal "hardening" of the brain, a condition called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
Measles is also associated with development of both post-infectious encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune demyelinating disease, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a slowly progressive neurodegenerative disorder.
"Historically, a small number of viruses have been found to lead to later life neurodegeneration characterized by tau protein deposition, including encephalitis lethargica (also known as von Economo encephalitis and the" sleeping sickness "), and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), caused by a defective measles virus.