Article Abstract

Histological examination of post-mortem brains of children with nodding syndrome

Authors: An Hotterbeekx, Sylvester Onzivua, Sonia Menon, Robert Colebunders


We read with interest the editorial by Boivin about the aetiology of nodding syndrome (1). In this paper the author mentions that histological examination of postmortem brains of children with nodding syndrome revealed polarizable material which proved difficult to characterize or identify in the majority of specimens (1). We recently performed a post-mortem study on a person with nodding syndrome in Uganda but we did not observe polarized material in the brain.