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Definition of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE): A chronic brain disease of children and adolescents that occurs months to often years after an attack of measles, causing convulsions, motor abnormalities, mental retardation and, usually, death.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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