What EEG findings are characteristic of systemic sclerosis?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Eli S Neiman, DO, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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CNS involvement and psychiatric manifestations can occur in systemic sclerosis (ie, scleroderma). Hietaharju et al evaluated CNS and psychiatric involvement in 32 patients. Severe CNS or psychiatric symptoms were present in 5 patients (16%), including encephalopathy, psychosis, anxiety disorder, grand mal seizures, and transient ischemic attacks. In addition, abnormal VEPs were recorded in 5 of 32 patients (16%), suggesting optic neuropathy. EEGs were mainly normal or showed only slight nonspecific changes. [83]


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