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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 3 ( July, 2011 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Dengue encephalitis

Kapil Borawake, Atul Wagh, Swati Dole

Keywords : Bilateral thalamic involvement, dengue encephalitis, dengue fever

Citation Information : Borawake K, Wagh A, Dole S. Dengue encephalitis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2011; 15 (3):190-193.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.84896

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

We report a case of dengue fever with features of encephalitis. The diagnosis of dengue was confirmed by the serum antibodies to dengue and the presence of a dengue antigen in the cerebrospinal fluid. This patient had characteristic magnetic resonance imaging brain findings, mainly involving the bilateral thalami, with hemorrhage. Dengue is not primarily a neurotropic virus and encephalopathy is a common finding in Dengue. Hence various other etiological possibilities were considered before concluding this as a case of Dengue encephalitis. This case explains the importance of considering the diagnosis of dengue encephalitis in appropriate situations.


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