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paraneoplastic encephalitis

C G Bien
The paraneoplastic and autoimmune encephalitides are now well-established entities. Detection of neural autoantibodies enables specific diagnoses, provides information on the underlying disease pathophysiology, immunological treatability and the likelihood of a tumor being the underlying cause. This is true for the "high ranking" neural antibodies that have been established in the context of circumscribed clinical images and in consideration of large control groups, have been found in the same way by other laboratories and they respond to immunotherapy...
March 13, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
Nellihela Leel, Hemanshoo S Thakkar, David Drake, Nordeen Bouhadiba
Anti-N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a paraneoplastic, immune-mediated encephalopathy with a known association with ovarian teratomas. We present the first case in the UK of a 7-year-old patient presenting with this condition. Having been previously fit and healthy, the patient presented with an acute onset of cognitive disturbances. The initial suspicion was that of an infective encephalopathy; however, the lumbar puncture results were negative. Electroencephalography reported diffuse background slowing, supporting a diagnosis of encephalopathy...
March 13, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Albert E Kim, Peter Kang, Robert C Bucelli, Cole J Ferguson, Robert E Schmidt, Arun S Varadhachary, Gregory S Day
INTRODUCTION: Indications for autoantibody testing in patients with rapid-onset cognitive impairment have expanded in step with the growing number of disease-associated autoantibodies and clinical syndromes. Although increased access to autoantibody testing has broadened our understanding of the spectrum of autoimmune encephalitis (AE), it has also produced new challenges associated with deciphering the contributions of disease-associated autoantibodies in patients with atypical clinical features and/or multiple autoantibodies...
March 2018: Neurologist
Laura Attademo, Stefano De Falco, Mario Rosanova, Marcello Esposito, Federica Mazio, Francesca Foschini, Antonio Santaniello, Giovanni Fiore, Elide Matano, Fiore Manganelli, Chiara Carlomagno
RATIONALE: Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis (PLE) is one of the most common causes of neurologic paraneoplastic syndromes, with unclear pathogenesis. While several reports published in the last decades showed the occurrence of PLE in a variety of cancers, only a few cases have been associated with colon cancer. PATIENT CONCERNS: In February 2017, a 54-year-old man with clinical history of radically resected colon cancer started first line chemotherapy with FOLFOXIRI plus bevacizumab, after radiological diagnosis of multiple liver and bone metastases...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Michael R Pranzatelli, Tyler J Allison, Nathan R McGee, Elizabeth D Tate
Studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) γδ T cells in children are limited, especially due to the lack of control data. In adults, gamma/delta T cells (TCR-γδ) residing in the intrathecal space are sometimes involved in neuroinflammation. To evaluate the possible role of γδ T cells in pediatric neuroinflammation, we immunophenotyped CSF and blood lymphocytes using flow cytometry in a case-control study of 100 children with non-inflammatory neurologic disorders (NIND), 312 with opsoclonus-myoclonus (OMS), and 23 with other inflammatory neurologic disorders (OIND)...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Yuval Freifeld, Payal Kapur, Ritika Chitkara, Francesca Lee, Pravin Khemani, Aditya Bagrodia
A 44-year-old man presented with cerebellar ataxia and limbic encephalitis and was ultimately diagnosed with metastatic germ cell neoplasm resulting from a "burned out" primary testicular tumor. The patient had progressive ataxia, leading to a thorough investigation for infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, and malignant causes of acquired cerebellar ataxia that revealed no significant findings. Testicular sonography demonstrated a possible right testicular lesion that was not confirmed on radical inguinal orchiectomy...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Naveed Malek, Maxwell Damian
We discuss the assessment and differential diagnoses of a middle-aged man who presented with trismus, double vision and behavioural problems. MRI scan of the brain was initially normal, but a month later showed high signal in the hippocampal region on fluid attenuated inversion recovery sequence (FLAIR) imaging. We suspected a paraneoplastic brainstem encephalitis because of his smoking history, rapidly progressive symptoms and abnormal brainstem signs. A positron emission tomography-CT scan identified abnormal subcarinal nodes, shown on biopsy to be metastatic small cell lung cancer...
February 13, 2018: Practical Neurology
David R Lynch, Amy Rattelle, Yi Na Dong, Kylie Roslin, Amy J Gleichman, Jessica A Panzer
In slightly more than 10 years, anti-NMDA receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis has changed from a rare paraneoplastic syndrome to the most common cause of nonviral encephalitis. It presents fulminantly with progressive psychosis, seizures, and autonomic dysfunction, leading to death if untreated. However, rapid recognition and treatment can lead to survival and a return to baseline levels of functioning in many patients. While initially associated with ovarian teratomas, it is now associated with other tumors and can reflect a postviral event...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
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
Yuto Uchida, Daisuke Kato, Yoriko Yamashita, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Noriyuki Matsukawa
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a type of autoimmune encephalitis that can be paraneoplastic and usually responds to tumor resection and immunotherapy. More than 75% of patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis fully recover or have only mild sequelae, whereas the remainder experience severe disability. It remains unknown why certain cases have refractory clinical disease courses. We report a case of anti-NMDAR encephalitis with bilateral ovarian teratomas who was refractory to tumor resection and early initiation of immunotherapy...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Jyh Yung Hor, Thien Thien Lim, Mei Chih Cheng, Yuen Kang Chia, Chee Keong Wong, Su Min Lim, Chun Fai Cheah, Kenny Tan, P E Samuel Easaw, M Isabel Leite
Thymoma is associated with a wide spectrum of autoimmune paraneoplastic syndromes, though it is uncommon for multiple paraneoplastic syndromes to be present in a single individual. We report a rare case of an elderly gentleman who was found to have thymoma-associated myasthenia gravis and LGI1-encephalitis with myokymia, who presented with nephrotic syndrome (minimal change glomerulopathy) after thymectomy. The latter two paraneoplastic syndromes had manifested when prednisolone was tapered down to low dose...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
S Seward
Encephalitis is a clinical syndrome which can include altered mental status, motor and sensory deficits, altered behavior including personality changes, speech and movement disorders and seizures. While the overall incidence of encephalitis is not known, it is common enough that most pediatric and adolescent medicine physicians will have seen at least one case. Peak times of risk include the newborn period and middle-to-late adolescence.1 It is important for clinicians to have a working knowledge of the broad range of encephalitis etiologies: viral, post-viral, toxic, auto-immune, and paraneoplastic...
January 31, 2018: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Alberto Vogrig, Bastien Joubert, Francois Ducray, Laure Thomas, Cristina Izquierdo, Kévin Decaestecker, Olivier Martinaud, Emmanuel Gerardin, Sylvie Grand, Jérome Honnorat
OBJECTIVE: To identify the clinical and radiological features that should raise suspicion for the autoimmune encephalitis (AE)-like presentation of glioblastoma. METHODS: This is an observational, retrospective case series of patients referred to the French National Reference Center on Paraneoplastic Neurological Diseases for suspected AE (possible, probable or definite, using the 2016 criteria) who later received a final diagnosis of glioblastoma according to 2016 WHO criteria...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Shuai Miao, Shaohua Liao, Heng Li, Bing Niu, Huaiqiang Hu, Ying Qian, Hongwei Guo, Bingzhen Cao
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical features, diagnostic strategies and therapeutic methods associated with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes (PNS). METHODS: A retrospective study of PNS was performed at a single center in Shandong, East China. The medical records and follow-up data of 28 PNS patients were intensively reviewed between February 2011 and December 2014. RESULTS: A total of 28 patients diagnosed with PNS were included in this study...
January 22, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
Alberto Vogrig, Giada Pauletto, Enrico Belgrado, Enrico Pegolo, Carla Di Loreto, Veronique Rogemond, Jerome Honnorat, Roberto Eleopra
Refractory status epilepticus (RSE) is an increasingly recognized manifestation of autoimmune encephalitis, which can occur either as a paraneoplastic or non-paraneoplastic disorder. The effect of tumor removal in paraneoplastic status epilepticus has never been explored systematically, although early tumor treatment is usually recommended. In this study, we report clinical, pathological and EEG findings of a patient who developed RSE as one of multiple paraneoplastic manifestations of thymoma and the effect of thymectomy on seizure outcome...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Katalin Böröcz, Zsófia Hayden, Viktória Mészáros, Zsuzsanna Csizmadia, Kornélia Farkas, Zoltán Kellermayer, Péter Balogh, Ferenc Nagy, Tímea Berki
INTRODUCTION: The role of autoimmune responses against central nervous system (CNS) antigens in encephalitis presenting with non-classified neurologic or psychiatric symptoms has been appreciated in the past decade. Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis has a poor prognosis and is most commonly associated with lung, ovarium, and testicular neoplasms, leading to immune reactions against intracellular antigens (anti-Hu/ANNA1, anti-Ri/ANNA2, anti-CV2/CRMP5 and anti-Ma2/Ta). In contrast, the recently described autoimmune encephalitis subtypes present with a broad spectrum of symptoms, respond to autoimmune therapies well and usually associate with autoantibodies against neuronal cell surface receptors (NMDAR, GABABR, AMPAR) or synaptic proteins (LGI1, CASPR2)...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
D De Simoni, R Höftberger
BACKGROUND: Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes (PNNS) are remote effects of a tumor and mediated by an altered immune reaction. In the last ten years, the spectrum of PNNS has changed profoundly with the discovery of a new category of neurological diseases that are associated with antibodies against surface or synaptic antigens. In contrast to classical PNNS, patients with surface receptor autoimmunity are often highly responsive to immunotherapy. OBJECTIVES: This article provides an update on the most relevant PNNS, focusing on specific syndromes associated with antibodies against classical onconeuronal antigens as well as surface and synaptic proteins...
January 11, 2018: Der Internist
Shekeeb S Mohammad, Russell C Dale
Immune mediated movement disorders include movement disorders in the context of autoimmune encephalitis such as anti-NMDAR encephalitis, post-infectious autoimmune movement disorders such as Sydenham chorea, paraneoplastic autoimmune movement disorders such as opsoclonus myoclonus ataxia syndrome, and infection triggered conditions such as paediatric acute neuropsychiatric syndrome. This review focuses on the approach to treatment of immune mediated movement disorders, which requires an understanding of the immunopathogenesis, whether the disease is destructive or 'altering', and the natural history of disease...
March 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Christopher A Ovens, Angelo Jayamanne, Andrew Duggins
BACKGROUND: Gamma-aminobutyric acid-B receptor autoantibodies are becoming an increasingly recognized contributor to the spectrum of autoimmune limbic encephalitis. They are classically associated with seizures and behavioral disturbance, and may coexist with other autoantibodies. Many are paraneoplastic, most commonly associated with small cell lung cancer. Until now there have been no reports of cardiac dysrhythmias in these patients. CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old Caucasian man presented with multiple seizures, dysarthria and behavioral disturbance of unclear etiology, with associated asystolic cardiac arrest...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Daniel B Rubin, Ayush Batra, Ivana Vodopivec, Henrikas Vaitkevicius
Autoimmune diseases affecting the nervous systems are a common cause of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). Although there exist several well-described clinical syndromes, patients more commonly present with progressive neurologic dysfunction and laboratory and radiographic evidence of central nervous system (CNS) inflammation. In the critical care setting, the urgency to intervene to prevent permanent damage to the nervous system and secondary injury from the systemic manifestations of these syndromes often conflicts with diagnostic uncertainty...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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