Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

  • Patricia K. Coyle
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)


Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), also called postinfectious encephalitis/encephalomyelitis, is an immune-mediated inflammatory and demyelinating multifocal disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). It is typically monophasic [1]. In most patients, ADEM follows within a few days to weeks of a triggering infection or more rarely vaccination (Table 11.1). A minority of patients have no identifiable prior event. ADEM does not represent an ongoing CNS infection.


Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis Leukoencephalitis Perivenous Intravenous immunoglobulins Steroids 


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  • Patricia K. Coyle
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  1. 1.Department of NeurologyStony Brook Medical CenterEast SetauketUSA

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