Journal article

CSF neopterin, a useful biomarker in children presenting with influenza associated encephalopathy?

Emma Macdonald-Laurs, Archana Koirala, Philip N Britton, William Rawlinson, Chee Chung Hiew, Jocelynne Mcrae, Russell C Dale, Cheryl Jones, Kristine Macartney, Brendan McMullan, Sekhar Pillai

European Journal of Paediatric Neurology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

PURPOSE: Neurological complications of influenza cause significant disease in children. Central nervous system inflammation, the presumed mechanism of influenza-associated encephalopathy, is difficult to detect. Characteristics of children presenting with severe neurological complications of influenza, and potential biomarkers of influenza-associated encephalopathy are described. METHODS: A multi-center, retrospective case-series of children with influenza and neurological complications during 2017 was performed. Enrolled cases met criteria for influenza-associated encephalopathy or had status epilepticus. Functional outcome at discharge was compared between groups using the Modified Rankin ..

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