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Cerebrospinal Fluid Neopterin in Children With Enterovirus-Related Brainstem Encephalitis.

Pediatr Neurol; 96: 70-73, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30935719


Enterovirus-A71 causes outbreaks of brainstem encephalitis, ranging from self-limited disease to acute flaccid paralysis. The aim of this study was to assess the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) neopterin as a biomarker of disease severity in children with enterovirus-related brainstem encephalitis.


A descriptive, prospective cohort study was conducted from April 2016 to March 2017 in a tertiary hospital. Pediatric patients with a diagnosis of brainstem encephalitis with or without myelitis due to enterovirus infection were enrolled. The final study group comprised a convenience sample including all patients with sufficient CSF volume for neopterin determination. The major variables considered in estimating the severity were the diagnosis of encephalomyelitis, the presence of lesions and extensive lesions on brain and spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), hospital stay length greater than seven days, and sequelae at day 30.


Of 60 patients, CSF neopterin could be measured in 36. Median age was 26 months (interquartile range: 19 to 32). Thirty-three were diagnosed with brainstem encephalitis and three with encephalomyelitis. Enterovirus-A71 was the only identified genotype (25 of 25). CSF neopterin levels were elevated (>61 nmol/L) in 33 of 36 (92%), with a median of 347 nmol/L (interquartile range: 204 to 525). CSF neopterin was useful to distinguish patients with lesions on MRI (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve = 0.76; P = 0.02) and extensive lesions (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve = 0.76; P = 0.04).


This study suggests an association between CSF neopterin levels and the presence of inflammatory lesions on MRI.