Serodiagnosis of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay

Indian J Pediatr. 1993 Jan-Feb;60(1):37-41. doi: 10.1007/BF02860504.


Thirty three young patients (23 males and 10 females), between 3-20 years of age, with a clinical suspicion of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) were evaluated over a period of 4 years. A past history of measles was obtained in 42.4% of the cases. One child was immunised against measles. Measles specific antibodies (IgG) were demonstrated in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 30 (90.9%) of the 33 patients by ELISA. In the remaining three cases the antibodies were detected only in the serum. Serodiagnosis of SSPE by ELISA had a sensitivity of 100%, a specificity of 93.3% and a positive predictive value of 100%.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Measles virus / immunology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Serologic Tests
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis / diagnosis*


  • Antibodies, Viral