What are the considerations of IgG testing for measles in individuals with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Patients with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) have unusually high titers of measles antibody in their serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The earliest confirmation of measles using IgG antibodies takes about 3 weeks from the onset of illness, a delay too long to permit implementation of effective control measures.

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