Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following pleural empyema owing to Boerhaave's syndrome

Bradette Z. Varilek, Paul D. Larsen, Rhonda R. Wright, Archana Chatterjee, Hilary K. Knapp

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Abstract

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis is reported in a 14-year-old male patient associated with a pleural empyema caused by an esophageal perforation. During the hospital course, the patient experienced an episode of cardiac arrest, raising the question of hypoxic-ischemic cerebral injury, but the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and clinical course were most consistent with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. After a course of methylprednisolone, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and bilateral chest tube placement, the patient recovered with only mild residual deficits, along with resolution of his MRI findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-227
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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