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A case of Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia


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Hashim, Hasriza and Sulaiman Sahari, Narisa and Mohd Sazlly Lim, Sazlyna and Hasan, Shariful and Hoo, Fan Kee (2014) A case of Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Pakistan Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 8 (4). pp. 1125-1127. ISSN 1996-7195

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Bickerstaff Brainstem Encephalitis (BBE) is a post-infectious immune disorder. It is rare, yet the most severe variant of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in terms of initial presentation. Moreover, the coexistence of BBE and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) is distinctly uncommon. We report a case of a patient with a background history of Precursor B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (pre B ALL) presented with a mixture of peripheral and central nervous system involvement with cortical, subcortical and cerebellar lesions on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and was eventually diagnosed with BBE. In this case, we illustrate the complexity in diagnosing BBE, a rare variant of GBS due to atypical presentation.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Lahore Medical & Dental College
Keywords: Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis; Guillain-Barre syndrome; Lymphoblastic leukaemia
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2015 08:19
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 14:45
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36123
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