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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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 1 2004

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Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
Pleural Empyema
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Esophageal Perforation
Chest Tubes
Methylprednisolone
Heart Arrest
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Wounds and Injuries
Boerhaave syndrome

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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Varilek, B. Z., Larsen, P. D., Wright, R. R., Chatterjee, A., & Knapp, H. K. (2004). Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following pleural empyema owing to Boerhaave's syndrome. Journal of Child Neurology, 19(3), 224-227.

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following pleural empyema owing to Boerhaave's syndrome. / Varilek, Bradette Z.; Larsen, Paul D.; Wright, Rhonda R; Chatterjee, Archana; Knapp, Hilary K.

In: Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 01.03.2004, p. 224-227.

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Varilek, BZ, Larsen, PD, Wright, RR, Chatterjee, A & Knapp, HK 2004, 'Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following pleural empyema owing to Boerhaave's syndrome', Journal of Child Neurology, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 224-227.
Varilek, Bradette Z. ; Larsen, Paul D. ; Wright, Rhonda R ; Chatterjee, Archana ; Knapp, Hilary K. / Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following pleural empyema owing to Boerhaave's syndrome. In: Journal of Child Neurology. 2004 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 224-227.
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