Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis: brain stem involvement in a peculiar pattern

Neuroradiology. 2000 Dec;42(12):913-6. doi: 10.1007/s002340000448.


The most common pattern in subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, is in the cerebral hemisphere white matter on T2-weighted images with or without atrophy. Brain-stem lesions are rare. We report brain-stem involvement in two children with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. A peculiar pattern, with involvement of the pons with extension to both middle cerebellar peduncles and substantia nigra but sparing the pontine tegmentum, is suggested.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Stem / pathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis / complications
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis / pathology*