Hemiconvulsion-hemiplegia syndrome and primary human herpesvirus 7 infection

Jun Ichi Kawada, Hiroshi Kimura, Tetsushi Yoshikawa, Masaru Ihira, Akihisa Okumura, Tsuneo Morishima, Fumio Hayakawa

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We report a case of hemiconvulsion-hemiplegia (HH) syndrome. An 18-month-old female infant had a hemiconvulsion followed by left hemiplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging immediately after the onset of hemiplegia showed high intensity in the right hemisphere in diffusion-weighted images (DWI), while T1- and T2-weighted images were normal. Single photon emission computed tomography showed hypoperfusion of the right hemisphere in the acute phase. Virological analyses proved primary human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7) infection. DWI are useful for the early evaluation of HH syndrome. Vascular disorders due to HHV-7 infection may have been related to the development of HH syndrome in this patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-414
Number of pages3
JournalBrain and Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 09-2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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