Predisposing factors for Rasmussen encephalitis

Takeaway

  • Single or combined factors may be required to induce the onset of Rasmussen encephalitis (RE).

Why this matters

  • RE is a rare progressive and destructive inflammatory disease that affects one hemisphere of the brain.

  • RE is mainly found in children and manifests at around 6 years of age. The cause remains unknown.

  • Although there are typically no abnormalities prior to the onset of RE, perinatal complications have been suggested as potential risk factors for RE.