Acute fright induces onset of symptoms in vanishing white matter disease-Case report

M. Kaczorowska*, D. Kuczynski, E. Jurkiewicz, G. C. Scheper, M. S. van der Knaap, S. Jozwiak

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Vanishing white matter disease is a newly recognised leukoencephalopathy of identified genetic background, characterised by cystic degeneration and progressive vanishing of white matter. The characteristic clinical symptoms are spasticity and ataxia with relatively preserved cognitive functions. A characteristic feature of the disease is the occurrence of the symptoms after a physical stress situation such as mild head trauma or febrile infection. We would like to present a case of a 6-year-old girl whose first symptoms of the disease occurred after being frightened by a horse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-193
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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