Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome in infants and young children

Duccio Maria Cordelli, Chiara Marra, Lara Ciampoli, Davide Barbon, Francesco Toni, Daniele Zama, Lucio Giordano, Giuseppe Milito, Stefano Sartori, Laura Sainati, Thomas Foiadelli, Tommaso Mina, Lucia Fusco, Marta Santarone, Chiara Iurato, Alessandro Orsini, Giovanni Farello, Alberto Verrotti, Arianna Aceti, Riccardo Masetti

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Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) in infants and young children (<6 years) and to compare them with the older pediatric population affected by PRES. Methods: we retrospectively reviewed records of 111 children (0–17 years) diagnosed with PRES from 2000 to 2018 in 6 referral pediatric hospitals in Italy. The clinical, radiological and EEG features, as well as intensive care unit (ICU) admission rate and outcome of children aged <6 years were compared to those of older children (6–17 years). Factors associated with ICU admission in the whole pediatric cohort with PRES were also evaluated. Results: Twenty-nine patients younger than 6 years (26%) were enrolled with a median age at onset of PRES of 4 years (range: 6 months–5 years). Epileptic seizures were the most frequent presentation at the disease onset (27/29 patients). Status epilepticus (SE) was observed in 21/29 patients: in detail, 11 developed convulsive SE and 10 presented nonconvulsive SE (NCSE). SE was more frequent in children <6 years compared with older children (72% vs 45%) as well as NCSE (35% vs 10%). Seventeen children aged <6 years required ICU admission. Prevalence of ICU admissions was higher within younger population compared to older (59% vs 37%). In the whole study population SE was significantly associated with ICU admission (p = 0.001). Conclusions: PRES in children < 6 years differs from older children in clinical presentation suggesting a more severe presentation at younger age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • EEG monitoring
  • ICU admission
  • Infants
  • PRES
  • Seizures
  • Status epilepticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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