Aggressive immunosuppressive treatment of Susac's syndrome in an adolescent: using treatment of dermatomyositis as a model
1 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
3 Department of Radiology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA
4 Neurology and Neurosurgery, PA, Winter Haven, FL, USA
Pediatric Rheumatology 2008, 6:3 doi:10.1186/1546-0096-6-3Published: 29 January 2008
We describe aggressive immunosuppressive treatment of an adolescent with Susac's syndrome (SS), a disease of the microvasculature in the brain, retina, and inner ear. Because the immunopathogenesis of SS appears to have much in common with that of juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), the patient was treated with an approach that has been effective for severe JDM. The patient's outcome provides evidence for the importance of prompt, aggressive, and sustained immunosuppressive treatment of encephalopathic SS.