Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a central nervous system (brain and spine) condition. It occurs rarely, a few years after getting the
. It usually results in progressive deterioration from inflammation of the brain and nerve cell death. When left untreated, SSPE almost always leads to death. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you think your or your child may have this condition.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan. Treatment options include:
With advanced disease, tube feedings and nursing care may be necessary.
Anticonvulsant medications can reduce some symptoms of SSPE. In addition, there is some evidence that certain medications (eg, inosine pranobex, interferon alpha, interferon beta, ribavirin) may help stabilize the disease and/or delay its progression.
The best way to prevent SSPE is to avoid contracting measles, for example, by getting the measles vaccine (usually given at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 or 11-12 years). If you have not been vaccinated, avoid contact with people who are infected with measles until all of their symptoms are gone.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a