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J Neurol Sci. 1989 Aug;92(1):91-9.

Regional distribution of rabies viral antigen in central nervous system of human encephalitic and paralytic rabies.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.


We studied the distribution of rabies viral antigen in the brain and spinal cord of 7 patients with rabies by immunohistochemical techniques. Four patients presented with encephalitis, the remaining 3 had paralysis. Neither the rabies viral antigen distribution nor inflammation paralleled clinical presentations. Patients who had survival times of 7 days or less (4/7) had a greater amount of antigen-positive neurons in brainstem and spinal cord regardless of the clinical type. Neuroglial cells were also found to contain rabies antigen. Our findings suggest that virus localization may not account for the difference in clinical manifestations.

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