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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306571/cns-syndromes-associated-with-antibodies-against-metabotropic-receptors
#1
Eric Lancaster
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Autoantibodies to Central nervous system (CNS) metabotropic receptors are associated with a growing family of autoimmune brain diseases, including encephalitis, basal ganglia encephalitis, Ophelia syndrome, and cerebellitis. The purpose of this review is to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the target receptors, the neurological autoimmune disorders, and the pathogenic mechanisms. RECENT FINDINGS: Antibodies to the γ-aminobutyric acid B receptor are associate with limbic encephalitis and severe seizures, often with small cell lung cancers...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287071/auditory-seizures-in-autoimmune-epilepsy-a-case-with-anti-thyroid-antibodies
#2
Claudia Varrasi, Domizia Vecchio, Luca Magistrelli, Gionata Strigaro, Laura Tassi, Roberto Cantello
In its classic presentation, Hashimoto's encephalopathy is an acute-subacute complex neuropsychiatric syndrome with cognitive impairment, hallucinations, myoclonus, tremor or ataxia, associated with elevated anti-thyroid antibodies. Corticoids and immunotherapy are dramatically effective. However, in some cases, not all the associated features are presented and this delays diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We describe a man with abrupt onset of recurrent auditory seizures resulting in refractory non-convulsive status epilepticus...
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284382/medication-induced-interstitial-nephritis-in-the-21st-century
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REVIEW
Cynthia C Nast
Interstitial nephritis is an immune mediated form of tubulointerstitial kidney injury that may occur secondary to drugs, autoimmune disease, infections, and hematologic disorders or as a reactive process. Drug-induced acute interstitial nephritis (DI-AIN) occurs in 0.5%-3% of all kidney biopsies and in 5%-27% of biopsies performed for acute kidney injury. Drugs are implicated in 70%-90% of biopsy-proved IN with a prevalence of 50% in less developed to 78% in more developed countries. DI-AIN typically is idiosyncratic because of a delayed hypersensitivity reaction, although some chemotherapeutic agents are permissive for immune upregulation and injure the kidney in a dose-related manner...
March 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284046/breaking-the-cycle-a-comparison-between-intravenous-immunoglobulins-and-high-dosage-prednisone-in-the-treatment-of-medically-intractable-epilepsy-in-children
#4
Richard Tang-Wai, Janette Mailo, Bernard Rosenblatt
PURPOSE: Because immune mediated mechanisms are suspected in epileptogenesis, IVIg and corticosteroids have been used as alternatives to treat refractory seizures. We present our experience treating intractable epileptic children with IVIg and prednisone. METHODS: Children with intractable epilepsy treated with prednisone or IVIg between 2005-2016 were reviewed retrospectively. Children with infantile spasms and autoimmune epilepsy were excluded. Data analyzed include epilepsy type and etiology, duration of epilepsy prior to treatment, seizure outcome, time to best seizure outcome, and adverse effects...
March 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283100/antecedent-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-in-two-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#5
A Baheerathan, W J Brownlee, D T Chard, K Shields, R Gregory, S A Trip
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder characterised by psychiatric symptoms, movement disorder and seizures often evolving into a severe encephalopathy. An overlap has recently been recognised between anti-NMDAR encephalitis and inflammatory demyelinating disorders, particularly neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder (NMOSD). In this case report, we describe two patients with an initial presentation consistent with anti-NMDAR encephalitis who have subsequently developed relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) and discuss the literature pertaining to potential overlap between NMDAR encephalitis and inflammatory demyelinating disorders...
February 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282553/challenges-in-the-treatment-of-convulsive-status-epilepticus
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REVIEW
Gaetano Zaccara, Gianfranco Giannasi, Roberto Oggioni, Eleonora Rosati, Luciana Tramacere, Pasquale Palumbo
Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is a medical emergency associated with high mortality and morbidity. The most recent definition of CSE is a convulsive seizure lasting more than 5min or consecutive seizures without recovery of consciousness. In adults, for the treatment of the early stages of CSE, diazepam, lorazepam or midazolam are the most common treatments, although the choice of agent seems less important than rapid treatment. Midazolam, when administered intramuscularly (best evidence), buccally, or nasally, is effective and safe in the pre-hospital setting...
February 28, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280642/severe-preeclampsia-in-the-setting-of-myasthenia-gravis
#7
Adam J Lake, Antoun Al Khabbaz, Renée Keeney
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare autoimmune disease that leads to progressive muscle weakness and is common during female reproductive years. The myasthenic mother and her newborn must be observed carefully, as complications during all stages of pregnancy and the puerperium may arise suddenly. Preeclampsia is a common obstetrical condition for which magnesium sulfate is used for seizure prophylaxis. However, magnesium sulfate is strongly contraindicated in MG as it impairs already slowed nerve-muscle connections...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272206/limbic-encephalitis-associated-with-anti-nh2-terminal-of-%C3%AE-enolase-antibodies-a-clinical-subtype-of-hashimoto-encephalopathy
#8
Toru Kishitani, Akiko Matsunaga, Masamichi Ikawa, Kouji Hayashi, Osamu Yamamura, Tadanori Hamano, Osamu Watanabe, Keiko Tanaka, Yasunari Nakamoto, Makoto Yoneda
Several types of autoantibodies have been reported in autoimmune limbic encephalitis (LE), such as antibodies against the voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC) complex including leucine-rich glioma inactivated 1 (LGI1). We recently reported a patient with autoimmune LE and serum anti-NH2-terminal of α-enolase (NAE) antibodies, a specific diagnostic marker for Hashimoto encephalopathy (HE), who was diagnosed with HE based on the presence of antithyroid antibodies and responsiveness to immunotherapy. This case suggests that LE patients with antibodies to both the thyroid and NAE could be diagnosed with HE and respond to immunotherapy...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271643/rituximab-treatment-for-idiopathic-hypertrophic-pachymeningitis
#9
Yoonhyuk Jang, Soon Tae Lee, Keun Hwa Jung, Kon Chu, Sang Kun Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) is a rare disease caused by autoimmunity in the meninx that causes various neurologic symptoms, including headache, seizures, weakness, paresthesia, and cranial nerve palsies. Although the first-line therapy for HP is steroids, many HP cases are refractory to steroids or recur when the steroids are tapered. Here we report three HP cases that were successfully treated with rituximab (RTX). METHODS: From an institutional cohort recruited from April 2012 to July 2016, three HP cases that were identified to be steroid-refractory were treated with RTX (four weekly doses of 375 mg/m²)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261116/red-flags-clinical-signs-for-identifying-autoimmune-encephalitis-in-psychiatric-patients
#10
Julia Herken, Harald Prüss
Autoimmune mechanisms causing diverse psychiatric symptoms are increasingly recognized and brought about a paradigm shift in neuropsychiatry. Identification of underlying antibodies against neuronal ion channels or receptors led to the speculation that a number of patients go misdiagnosed with a primary psychiatric disease. However, there is no clear consensus which clinical signs in psychiatric patients should prompt further investigations including measurement of anti-neuronal autoantibodies. We therefore aimed to analyze the presenting symptoms in patients with autoimmune encephalitis and the time between symptom onset and initiation of antibody diagnostics...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242802/uncommon-mutation-in-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-lactic-acidosis-and-stroke-like-episodes-melas
#11
Jasna David, Julie Omolola Okiro, Kevin Murphy, Marwa Elamin
A 26-year-old man presented to the emergency department with new-onset generalised tonic-clonic seizures. His clinical picture suggested either autoimmune or infectious encephalitis while his brain imaging raised the possibility of a stroke. A detailed developmental and childhood medical history added suspicion of a mitochondrial defect to the differential. After several molecular genetic analyses, an uncommon mitochondrial mutation was confirmed, unequivocally consistent with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome...
February 27, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238523/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-pres-with-sub-arachnoid-haemorrhage-after-bevacizumab-and-5-fu
#12
Jennifer Massey
PRES is a neurological syndrome characterised by reversible subcortical vasogenic brain oedema in patients with acute neurological signs and symptoms. It occurs in the context of fluctuations in blood pressure, renal failure, autoimmune disorders, eclamptic syndromes and with use of cytotoxic drugs. We present the case of a 60year old female with advanced bowel cancer who was admitted with seizures and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, with radiographic features of PRES, shortly after receiving bevacizumab (Avastin), a VEGF-inhibitor...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229097/pediatric-hypovitaminosis-d-molecular-perspectives-and-clinical-implications
#13
Rafiu Ariganjoye
Vitamin D, a secosteroid, is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bone in both the adult and pediatric populations. Low level of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-(OH)-D) is highly prevalent in children worldwide and has been linked to various adverse health outcomes including rickets, osteomalacia, osteomalacic myopathy, sarcopenia, and weakness, growth retardation, hypocalcemia, seizure and tetany, autism, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, cancers (prostate, colon, breast), infectious diseases (viral, tuberculosis), and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Hashimoto's thyroiditis...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222319/survey-of-the-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-approach-to-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus
#14
Christian M Cabrera Kang, Nicolas Gaspard, Suzette M LaRoche, Brandon Foreman
PURPOSE: We conducted a survey of providers to assess for practice patterns in diagnosing and treating new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE). NORSE is the occurrence of prolonged seizures that are not responsive to initial therapies in otherwise healthy individuals without obvious cause on initial presentation. This entity is thought to have multiple etiologies, including autoimmune. METHOD: A 29-question electronic survey was sent to providers included in the Neurocritical Care Society emailing list...
February 9, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220082/synaptic-and-neuronal-autoantibody-associated-psychiatric-syndromes-controversies-and-hypotheses
#15
Adam Al-Diwani, Thomas A Pollak, Alexander E Langford, Belinda R Lennox
Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) mediated by antibodies against synaptic and neuronal surface targets frequently presents with a psychiatric syndrome. In these patients, removal of autoantibodies treats the disease and outcomes are closely linked to early intervention. The discovery of these autoantibodies in isolated psychiatric syndromes has raised the possibility that these patients may derive similar benefits from immunotherapy, a potentially transformational approach to the treatment of mental illness. Although open-label case series suggest impressive therapeutic outcomes, the pathological relevance of these autoantibodies outside of canonical presentations is debated...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203468/nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus-resembling-clinical-absence-with-atypical-eeg-pattern
#16
Channaiah Srikanth Mysore, Najib Murr, Rana Zabad, John Bertoni
Objective. We are reporting two cases: a patient with steroid responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT) and another patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), both presenting with altered mental status (AMS) and later diagnosed with nonconvulsive atypical absence status epilepticus (AS), with atypical EEG changes. Methods. A report of two cases. Results. A patient with history of SREAT and the other with SPMS had multiple admissions due to AMS. For both, EEG revealed the presence of a high voltage generalized sharply contoured theta activity...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183838/autoimmune-encephalitis-pathophysiology-and-imaging-review-of-an-overlooked-diagnosis
#17
REVIEW
B P Kelley, S C Patel, H L Marin, J J Corrigan, P D Mitsias, B Griffith
Autoimmune encephalitis is a relatively new category of immune-mediated disease involving the central nervous system that demonstrates a widely variable spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from the relatively mild or insidious onset of cognitive impairment to more complex forms of encephalopathy with refractory seizure. Due to its diverse clinical features, which can mimic a variety of other pathologic processes, autoimmune encephalitis presents a diagnostic challenge to clinicians. Imaging findings in patients with these disorders can also be quite variable, but recognizing characteristic findings within limbic structures suggestive of autoimmune encephalitis can be a key step in alerting clinicians to the potential diagnosis and ensuring a prompt and appropriate clinical work-up...
February 9, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166327/neurological-autoantibody-prevalence-in-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology
#18
Divyanshu Dubey, Abdulradha Alqallaf, Ryan Hays, Matthew Freeman, Kevin Chen, Kan Ding, Mark Agostini, Steven Vernino
Importance: Autoimmune epilepsy is an underrecognized condition, and its true incidence is unknown. Identifying patients with an underlying autoimmune origin is critical because these patients' condition may remain refractory to conventional antiseizure medications but may respond to immunotherapy. Objective: To determine the prevalence of neurological autoantibodies (Abs) among adult patients with epilepsy of unknown etiology. Design, Setting, and Participants: Consecutive patients presenting to neurology services with new-onset epilepsy or established epilepsy of unknown etiology were identified...
February 6, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144796/clinical-predictors-and-differential-diagnosis-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
#19
Laetitia Della Faille, S Fieuws, W Van Paesschen
The aim of our study is to determine the clinical predictors and the differential diagnosis of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) in patients presenting with acute neurological symptoms and risk factors for PRES. Using the diagnostic algorithm for PRES from Fugate and Rabinstein (Lancet Neurol 14(9):914-925, 1), we carried out a retrospective study on 220 patients, presenting with acute neurological symptoms such as seizures, encephalopathy, headache, visual disturbances or other focal neurological signs that appear in the clinical setting of risk factors such as hypertension/blood pressure fluctuations, chemotherapy, renal failure, autoimmune disorders, or eclampsia, in whom imaging of the brain was performed to exclude PRES...
January 31, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109991/clinical-characteristics-treatments-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-a-systematic-review-of-reported-cases
#20
REVIEW
Le Zhang, Meng-Qian Wu, Zi-Long Hao, Siew Mun Vance Chiang, Kun Shuang, Min-Tao Lin, Xiao-Sa Chi, Jia-Jia Fang, Dong Zhou, Jin-Mei Li
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a recently recognized autoimmune disorder which is responsive to immunotherapy. However, the outcomes of different immunotherapies have not been defined and there have been few studies that carried out a comparison among them. To provide an overview of the clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of anti-NMDAR encephalitis, we systematically reviewed the literature in the PubMed, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, BioMedical Literature Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wan-fang databases...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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