All About Multiple Sclerosis

More MS news articles for June 2004

Polyneuritis cranialis HHV-6 infection associated

Recenti Prog Med. 2004 May;95(5):257-8
Brustia D, Uglietti A, Garavelli PL.
SCDO Malattie Infettive, Azienda Sanitaria Ospedaliera Maggiore della Carita, Novara.

Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) has been shown to be a common cause of acute febrile disease in young children, including exanthema subitum.

HHV-6 has also been associated with a number of neurologic disorders including encephalitis and the virus has been postulated to play a role in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The disorder of multiple cranial nerve palsies without spinal cord involvement is referred to as polyneuritis cranialis and is rare.

The Authors describe a case of polyneuritis cranialis in a 52-year old woman treated with ganciclovir and only complete eradication of the virus.