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Australas Med J. 2015 Mar 31;8(3):80-4. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2015.2255. eCollection 2015.

Rasmussen's encephalitis: A case report.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry, India.


Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE) is a rare neurological disorder of inflammatory aetiology characterised by encephalitis, intractable seizures, hemiparesis, variable motor deficits, and dementia. It is not commonly considered in the clinical differential diagnosis of a patient with a past history of a stroke-like episode presenting with status epilepticus. It is suspected mainly in children in whom the disease is more common. Here we report a case of an adult man presenting with a common symptom of seizure caused by Rasmussen's encephalitis.


Rasmussen’s encephalitis; viral encephalitis

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