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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440316/glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-antibody-positive-meningoencephalomyelitis
#1
Angeliki Zarkali, Oliver Cousins, Dilan Athauda, Samuel Moses, Nicholas Moran, Sreedharan Harikrishnan
Glial fibrillary acidic protein antibody-positive meningoencephalomyelitis is a newly described, possibly under-recognised, severe inflammatory condition of the nervous system. The clinical presentation is variable but most commonly is a combination of meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis; other manifestations may include seizures, psychiatric symptoms and tremor. There is a significant association with malignancies, often occult, and with other autoimmune conditions. Although the disease responds well to corticosteroids acutely, it typically relapses when these are tapered, and so patients need long-term immunosuppression...
February 9, 2018: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406902/autoimmune-and-paraneoplastic-movement-disorders-an-update
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REVIEW
José Fidel Baizabal-Carvallo, Joseph Jankovic
Movement disorders (MDs) are common in patients with autoimmune disorders affecting the central and peripheral nervous system. They may be observed in autoimmune disorders triggered by an infectious agent, such as streptococcus in Sydenham's chorea, or in basal ganglia encephalitis with antibodies against the dopamine-D2 receptors. In these patients chorea or dystonia are usually the most prominent hyperkinetic MDs. MDs are also observed in patients with diffuse or limbic encephalitis with antibodies directed against neuronal cell-surface antigens...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310343/cerebrospinal-fluid-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-test-for-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-an-18-year-old-woman-a-case-report
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Yuan Yao, Xiaoping Dong, Hongzhi Guan, Qiang Lu
RATIONALE: Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) mainly occurs in the elderly, with the peak age of onset ranging from 55 to 75 years. The symptoms of sCJD are not unique, and laboratory tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)14-3-3 protein have low sensitivity or specificity. Therefore, excluding treatable diseases and establishing a diagnosis could be difficult in young patients with suspected sCJD. Recently, real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) has been used in the diagnosis of sCJD, with more than 95% sensitivity and 100% specificity...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282342/-motor-symptoms-of-autoimmune-encephalopathies
#4
Yuichi Tashiro, Hiroshi Takashima
Autoimmune encephalopathies are clinically and immunologically heterogeneous disorders. At least 20 types of autoimmune encephalopathies have been discovered, with the most common type being Hashimoto encephalopathy. In clinical situations, we often observe that patients with autoimmune encephalopathy are misdiagnosed because they exhibit signs similar to those observed in functional psychogenic movement, conversion, or somatoform disorders. We clinically examined over 100 patients with autoimmune encephalopathy...
December 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259781/fragile-x-syndrome-and-fragile-x-associated-disorders
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Akash Rajaratnam, Jasdeep Shergill, Maria Salcedo-Arellano, Wilmar Saldarriaga, Xianlai Duan, Randi Hagerman
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is caused by a full mutation on the FMR1 gene and a subsequent lack of FMRP, the protein product of FMR1. FMRP plays a key role in regulating the translation of many proteins involved in maintaining neuronal synaptic connections; its deficiency may result in a range of intellectual disabilities, social deficits, psychiatric problems, and dysmorphic physical features. A range of clinical involvement is also associated with the FMR1 premutation, including fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome, fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency, psychiatric problems, hypertension, migraines, and autoimmune problems...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601293/from-dizziness-to-severe-ataxia-and-dysarthria-new-cases-of-anti-ca-arhgap26-autoantibody-associated-cerebellar-ataxia-suggest-a-broad-clinical-spectrum
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Ulrike Wallwitz, Sebastian Brock, Antje Schunck, Brigitte Wildemann, Sven Jarius, Frank Hoffmann
In 2010, a novel anti-neuronal autoantibody, termed anti-Ca, was described in a patient with subacute cerebellar ataxia, and Rho GTPase-activating protein 26 (ARHGAP26) was identified as the target antigen. Recently, three additional cases of anti-Ca-positive cerebellar ataxia have been published. In addition to ataxia, cognitive decline and depression have been observed in some patients. Here, we report two new cases of anti-Ca-associated autoimmune cerebellar ataxia. Patient 1 presented with dizziness and acute yet mild limb and gait ataxia...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458939/isotretinoin-as-a-possible-environmental-trigger-to-autoimmunity-in-genetically-susceptible-patients
#7
Jocelyn Nugroho, Bahareh Schweiger
Introduction. Isotretinoin is commonly used to treat cystic acne. Definitive mechanisms of action for isotretinoin are not known though despite many side effects having been documented. Various case reports have noted autoimmune diseases succeeding isotretinoin treatment. Case Report. A 16-year-old female presents with symptoms of tremors, lack of focus, sleeplessness, emotional liability, bulging eyes, loose stools, heat intolerance, and missed menstrual periods. Symptoms manifested shortly after the patient finished a course of oral isotretinoin treatment for acne...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287071/auditory-seizures-in-autoimmune-epilepsy-a-case-with-anti-thyroid-antibodies
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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 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195550/novel-germline-mutation-leu512met-in-the-thyrotropin-receptor-gene-tshr-leading-to-sporadic-non-autoimmune-hyperthyroidism
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Stephanie A Roberts, Jennifer E Moon, Andrew Dauber, Jessica R Smith
BACKGROUND: Primary nonautoimmune hyperthyroidism is a rare cause of neonatal hyperthyroidism. This results from an activating mutation in the thyrotropin-receptor (TSHR). It can be inherited in an autosomal dominant manner or occur sporadically as a de novo mutation. Affected individuals display a wide phenotype from severe neonatal to mild subclinical hyperthyroidism. We describe a 6-month-old boy with a de novo mutation in the TSHR gene who presented with accelerated growth, enlarging head circumference, tremor and thyrotoxicosis...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182102/a-case-report-of-nonvasculitic-autoimmune-inflammatory-meningoencephalitis-with-sensory-ganglionopathy-a-rare-presentation-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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João Peres, Simão Cruz, Rita Oliveira, Luís Santos, Ana Valverde
A 68-year-old Caucasian female was admitted to the emergency department with a progressive history of behavioural symptoms and anxiety followed by visual and auditory hallucinations, forgetfulness, and impaired gait in the previous 3 months. On examination she was psychotic and had a postural and rest tremor of the upper limbs, cogwheel rigidity of the four limbs, retropulsion on standing position, and inability to walk. During the following 2 weeks she developed xerostomia and unilateral parotiditis that improved with steroids...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007405/ephedrine-treatment-for-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis
#12
Alexander F Lipka, Charlotte Vrinten, Erik W van Zwet, Kirsten J M Schimmel, Martina C Cornel, Marja R Kuijpers, Yechiel A Hekster, Stephanie S Weinreich, Jan J G M Verschuuren
We studied the effect and safety of ephedrine as add-on treatment for patients with myasthenia gravis with acetylcholine receptor antibodies (AChR MG), who do not sufficiently respond to standard treatment. Four patients with AChR MG were included in a placebo-controlled, double-blind, and randomised, multiple crossover series of n-of-1 trials. Each n-of-1 trial consisted of 3 cycles, in which two 5-day intervention periods were followed by 2 days washout. In each cycle, ephedrine 50 mg daily in 2 doses was compared with placebo in the alternate treatment period...
March 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956238/enhanced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-mediated-by-mptp-in-il-32%C3%AE-transgenic-mice
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Yu Yeon Jung, Nikita Katila, Sabita Neupane, Sina Shadfar, Uttam Ojha, Sunil Bhurtel, Sunil Strivastav, Dong Ju Son, Pil-Hoon Park, Do Young Yoon, Jin Tae Hong, Dong-Young Choi
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by prominent loss of the nigral dopaminergic neurons and motor symptoms, such as resting tremor and bradykinesia. Evidence suggests that neuroinflammation may play a critical role in PD pathogenesis. Interleukin (IL)-32 is a newly-identified proinflammatory cytokine, which regulates innate and adaptive immune responses by activating p38 MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathways. The cytokine has been implicated in cancers and autoimmune, inflammatory, and infectious diseases...
December 9, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936530/endocrinology-update-thyroid-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Scott Kelley
Thyroid disease affects nearly every organ system in the body. Hypothyroidism is a state of thyroid hormone insufficiency that results in decreased metabolism and secondary effects including fatigue and weight gain. Primary hypothyroidism typically is a result of autoimmune thyroiditis or iodine deficiency and is assessed by measurement of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level. This level usually is elevated in patients with hypothyroidism and low in patients with hyperthyroidism. Levothyroxine is the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism...
December 2016: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809623/onset-of-graves-disease-during-pregnancy-in-a-woman-with-established-hypothyroidism
#15
María Alberiche, Rosa María Sánchez-Hernández, Xabier López Mérida, Ana María Wägner
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy strongly influences the thyroid gland and its function. Thyroid guidelines recommend a 30 to 50% increase of the preconceptional levothyroxine dose in women with hypothyroidism, when pregnancy is diagnosed. CASE: A 33 year-old, 8-week pregnant woman with hypothyroidism, presents with a 2-week history of palpitations, sweating, nervousness and fatigue. Physical examination shows tachycardia (108 bpm), distal tremors and diffuse goiter. After biochemical confirmation of hyperthyroidism, her levothyroxine dose is reduced and finally interrupted...
January 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733015/adipose-stromal-vascular-fraction-mediated-improvements-at-late-stage-disease-in-a-murine-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Annie C Bowles, Amy L Strong, Rachel M Wise, Robert C Thomas, Brittany Y Gerstein, Maria F Dutreil, Ryan S Hunter, Jeffrey M Gimble, Bruce A Bunnell
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurodegenerative disease and remains an unmet clinical challenge. In MS, an autoimmune response leads to immune cell infiltration, inflammation, demyelination, and lesions in central nervous system (CNS) tissues resulting in tremors, fatigue, and progressive loss of motor function. These pathologic hallmarks are effectively reproduced in the murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. The stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of adipose tissue is composed of adipose-derived stromal/stem cells (ASC), adipocytes, and various leukocytes...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667488/-clinical-features-and-treatment-of-hashimoto-encephalopathy
#17
Yoshimitsu Maki, Hiroshi Takashima
Hashimoto encephalopathy (HE) is characterized by heterogeneous neurological symptoms. HE is diagnosed based on three criteria-the presence of antithyroid antibodies, neurological symptoms from the cerebrum and/or cerebellum, and a positive response to immunotherapy. We clinically analyzed 18 patients (3 men, 15 women; age range, 38-81years) diagnosed with HE in our hospital from May 2013 to January 2016. Eleven patients showed sensory abnormalities such as strong pain, deep muscle pain, dysesthesia, paresthesia, or neuralgia...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631202/variations-of-movement-disorders-in-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-a-nationwide-study-in-taiwan
#18
Bi-Chun Duan, Wen-Chin Weng, Kuang-Lin Lin, Lee Chin Wong, Sung-Tse Li, Mei-Hsin Hsu, Jainn-Jim Lin, Pi-Chaun Fan, Ming-I Lin, Nan-Chang Chiu, Yu-Ching Lin, Huei-Shyong Wang, Kun-Long Hung, Wang-Tso Lee
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is one of the most common autoimmune encephalitis that presents with a wide variety of movement disorders. The purpose of our study is to review the manifestations and duration of movement disorders in different ages with NMDAR encephalitis.A retrospective cohort of 28 patients (20 females and 8 males) with positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) anti-NMDAR antibody in a 5-year period from major hospitals in Taiwan was enrolled. They were categorized into 3 age groups: 7 patients were ≤10 years, 14 patients were 10 to 18 years, and 7 patients were >18 years...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618707/autoimmune-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-astrocytopathy-a-novel-meningoencephalomyelitis
#19
Boyan Fang, Andrew McKeon, Shannon R Hinson, Thomas J Kryzer, Sean J Pittock, Allen J Aksamit, Vanda A Lennon
Importance: A novel astrocytic autoantibody has been identified as a biomarker of a relapsing autoimmune meningoencephalomyelitis that is immunotherapy responsive. Seropositivity distinguishes autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) meningoencephalomyelitis from disorders commonly considered in the differential diagnosis. Objective: To describe a novel IgG autoantibody found in serum or cerebrospinal fluid that is specific for a cytosolic intermediate filament protein of astrocytes...
November 1, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27497913/parkinson-s-disease-autoimmunity-and-neuroinflammation
#20
REVIEW
Armando De Virgilio, Antonio Greco, Giovanni Fabbrini, Maurizio Inghilleri, Maria Ida Rizzo, Andrea Gallo, Michela Conte, Chiara Rosato, Mario Ciniglio Appiani, Marco de Vincentiis
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that causes the death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. The resulting dopamine deficiency in the basal ganglia leads to a movement disorder that is characterized by classical parkinsonian motor symptoms. Parkinson's disease is recognized as the most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease. PD ethiopathogenesis remains to be elucidated and has been connected to genetic, environmental and immunologic conditions. The past decade has provided evidence for a significant role of the immune system in PD pathogenesis, either through inflammation or an autoimmune response...
October 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
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