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Striatal encephalitis after varicella zoster infection complicated by Tourettism

Authors

  • Russell C. Dale MRCP,

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    1. Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
    2. Department of Neuroinflammation, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, United Kingdom
    • Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health, Wolfson Centre, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 3JJ, United Kingdom
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  • Andrew J. Church BSc,

    1. Department of Neuroinflammation, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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  • Isobel Heyman PhD

    1. Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
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Abstract

We describe a case of encephalitis after primary varicella zoster infection with localised basal ganglia imaging abnormalities. The patient subsequently developed a chronic tic disorder with attention deficit disorder. This case furthers the proposed association between Tourettism and the basal ganglia. © 2003 Movement Disorder Society

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