Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)

Medical Definition of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)

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.


Quick Guide8 First Aid Kit Essentials for Scrapes, Cuts, Bug Bites, and More in Pictures

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Reviewed on 7/1/2016

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