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Autoimmune encephalitis

Katherine McIvor, Perry Moore
OBJECTIVE: Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder that was only fully discovered recently and neuropsychological outcome data remains sparse. We present the case of BA, a 19-year-old male, which illustrates the cognitive outcome in an untreated case over a time period of over 2½ years. METHOD: We conducted three cognitive assessments, including tests of memory and executive functioning, over this time period and considered the evidence for reliable change in memory function using the Wechsler Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) serial assessment package...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
A A H Bressers, N A Goto, S Piepers, J C Regelink
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune encephalitis is a rare condition characterized by subacute development of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. A paraneoplastic syndrome involves autoimmune encephalitis caused by classic antibodies. Although this condition is often associated with cancer, no malignancy has yet been found in 70-90% of patients at the time of diagnosis. CASE DESCRIPTION: We saw a 58-year-old male patient with fatigue, diarrhoea and weight loss. He was also experiencing hyperekplexia, personality changes and an instable gait...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Deepa Dash, Madhavi Tripathi, Kavish Ihtisham, Manjari Tripathi
Limbic encephalitis is a group of immune-mediated disorders that includes the classic paraneoplastic encephalitic syndrome and the recently described non-paraneoplastic autoimmune encephalitis most of which target the extracellular antigens. We present a case of 70-year-old man who presented with rapidly progressive cognitive decline and refractory faciobrachial dystonic seizures and demonstrated seropositivity for leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated protein 1 antibodies. After immunomodulation, the patient had dramatic improvement in the cognitive functioning and in seizure control...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Kerstin Renner, Sonja Hellerbrand, Fabian Hermann, Christine Riedhammer, Yvonne Talke, Gabriela Schiechl, Manuel Rodriguez Gomez, Simone Kutzi, Dagmar Halbritter, Nicole Goebel, Hilke Brühl, Robert Weissert, Matthias Mack
Little is known about the role of IL-3 in multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans and in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Using myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) peptide-induced EAE, we show that CD4(+) T cells are the main source of IL-3 and that cerebral IL-3 expression correlates with the influx of T cells into the brain. Blockade of IL-3 with monoclonal antibodies, analysis of IL-3 deficient mice, and adoptive transfer of leukocytes demonstrate that IL-3 plays an important role for development of clinical symptoms of EAE, for migration of leukocytes into the brain, and for cerebral expression of adhesion molecules and chemokines...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Jung-Ah Lim, Soon-Tae Lee, Jangsup Moon, Jin-Sun Jun, Byeong-Su Park, Jung-Ick Byun, Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Kyung-Il Park, Keun-Hwa Jung, Ki-Young Jung, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) restores the balance of regulatory and effector T cells. We aimed to determine the feasibility of low-dose IL-2 as a treatment for refractory autoimmune encephalitis (AE). Ten patients who had received low-dose IL-2 were retrospectively identified. We observed an improvement in the modified Rankin Scale scores of six patients at the last follow-up compared with the scores at the initiation of low-dose IL-2 (p=0.014). One patient experienced treatment-related grade 3 neutropenia...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
David W Nauen
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptor autoimmune encephalitis can arise in the setting of ovarian teratoma and often responds to resection. When it occurs in the absence of tumor, failure to respond to treatment may be more likely, and affected patients often require intensive care. To further understand the mechanisms and potential management, we present findings from an autopsy conducted on a young woman who died of refractory autoimmune encephalitis of this type. Rituximab was administered 70 days before death, and both 37 and 14 days before death, CD19(+) lymphocytes were only 0...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Massimiliano Godani, Marco Zoccarato, Alessandro Beronio, Luigi Zuliani, Luana Benedetti, Bruno Giometto, Massimo Del Sette, Elisa Raggio, Roberta Baldi, Angela Vincent
BACKGROUND: The spectrum of autoimmune neurological diseases associated with voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC)-complex antibodies (Abs) ranges from peripheral nerve disorders to limbic encephalitis. Recently, low titers of VGKC-complex Abs have also been reported in neurodegenerative disorders, but their clinical relevance is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore the prevalence of VGKC-complex Abs in slow-progression motor neuron disease (MND)...
October 7, 2016: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
Chan Hong Jeon
Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation in cartilaginous structures including the ears, noses, peripheral joints, and tracheobronchial tree. It rarely involves the central nervous system (CNS) but diagnosis of CNS complication of RP is challenging because it can present with varying clinical features. Herein we report 3 cases of relapsing polychondritis involving CNS with distinct manifestations and clinical courses. The first patient presented with rhombencephalitis resulting in brain edema and death...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Kantha Medepalli, Cody M Lee, Lauryn A Benninger, Jean M Elwing
OBJECTIVE: Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a rare but emerging cause of autoimmune encephalitis. Our objective is to present a case of this rare disease while highlighting the importance of an aggressive search for underlying malignancy as well as the common mischaracterization of primary psychiatric illness that occurs in these patients. METHODS: A young Caucasian female with no known psychiatric history presented with acute onset of seizures and psychosis...
2016: SAGE Open Med Case Rep
M Zhang, H J Hao, L P Liu, H H Zhang, Y Y Zhou
Autoimmune encephalitis with GABAB receptor antibodies has been rarely reported. Two cases of GABAB receptor antibodies encephalitis were presented here.Epilepsy was the onset symptom, followed by declined consciousness and frequent seizures. Fever was presented in the whole course of the disease. Myorhythmia of the two hands and pilomotor seizures were shown in the later course of the disease. No specificity was demonstrated in electroencephalograms and magnetic resonance imaging. Sensitive response was shown to the first-line immunotherapy...
October 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Jean-Marie Beis, Morgane Renard
OBJECTIVE: Anti-NMDA (N-Methyl-D-Aspartate) receptor encephalitis (NMDA-E) is the second cause of autoimmune encephalitis in adults. The objectives of this presentation are to describe the main clinical elements and rehabilitation specificities. OBSERVATIONS: Three female inpatients (mean age: 25) present with moderate to severe behavioural and/or psychiatric disorders, seizures and presence of associated tumor in one patient. Presence of anti-NMDA antibodies in the cerebrospinal liquid confirmed diagnosis...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Ali S Haider, Maryam Alam, Ebun Adetutu, Richa Thakur, Caleb Gottlich, Danielle L DeBacker, Lianne Marks
Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE), also known as steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT), can be a debilitating manifestation of an autoimmune reaction against the thyroid that is often under-diagnosed primarily due to a lack of definitive diagnostic criteria. This is a case of a 52-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with HE after presenting with recurrent and severe psychosis in conjunction with paranoia and a thyroidopathy. Her symptoms are chronic, having first been documented as presenting 15 years prior and showing progressive exacerbation in both frequency and severity...
2016: Curēus
Anastasia Zekeridou, Vanda A Lennon
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October 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Takashi Inuzuka
Autoimmune encephalitis consists of limbic symptoms and signs associated with antibodies against neuronal cell-surface antigens or intracellular antigens. Some cases are known to be associated with anti-channel or anti-receptor-related molecule antibodies. Whether these cases are paraneoplastic depends on the kinds of antigens that the antibodies are produced against. Other cases due to well-characterized onco-neural antibodies are almost always paraneoplastic and are generally resistant to anti-tumor therapy and/or immunotherapy...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Shigemi Nagayama, Keiko Tanaka
Recently, the search for diagnostic antibody markers has drawn considerable attention in relation to autoimmune encephalitis. Among the antibody markers, the most frequently detected is the anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)antibody. Patients with this antibody develop characteristic clinical features. This disease tends to affect young women, and starts with psychiatric symptoms followed by seizures, involuntary movements, autonomic failure, and respiratory failure. Nearly half of these female patients have ovarian teratoma...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Takahiro Furukawa, Chieko Ishifune, Shin-Ichi Tsukumo, Katsuto Hozumi, Yoichi Maekawa, Naoko Matsui, Ryuji Kaji, Koji Yasutomo
Notch expressed on CD4(+) T cells transduces signals that mediate their effector functions and survival. Although Notch signaling is known to be cis-inhibited by Notch ligands expressed on the same cells, the role of Notch ligands on T cells remains unclear. In this report we demonstrate that the CD4(+) T cell Notch ligand Dll1 transduces signals required for their survival. Co-transfer of CD4(+) T cells from Dll1(-/-) and control mice into recipient mice followed by immunization revealed a rapid decline of CD4(+) T cells from Dll1(-/-) mice compared with control cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Atsurou Yamada, Nobuhiro Miyachi, Toshiyasu Miura, Masako Suzuki, Norio Watanabe, Tatsuo Akechi
INTRODUCTION: Post-infectious encephalitis/encephalopathy is a neurological syndrome that sometimes develops following common viral or bacterial infections. The most common form is acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). ADEM is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system that typically presents as a monophasic disorder associated with multifocal neurologic symptoms and encephalitis. Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is another type of severe autoimmune disorder, characterized by seizures, movement disorders and psychiatric symptoms...
2016: SpringerPlus
Jenny Linnoila, Sean J Pittock
Autoimmune neurology is a rapidly evolving new subspecialty driven by the discovery of novel neural- (neuronal- or glial-) specific autoantibodies and their target antigens. The neurologic manifestations affecting the central nervous system include encephalitis, dementia, epilepsy, and movement and sleep disorders. Laboratory testing is now available for most of these neural-specific autoantibodies, which serve as diagnostic markers, in some instances directing the physician toward specific cancer types (e...
August 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Charlotte Laurent, Jean Capron, Bluenn Quillerou, Guy Thomas, Sonia Alamowitch, Olivier Fain, Arsène Mekinian
BACKGROUND: Steroid-responsive encephalopathy and associated autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT) is characterized by encephalopathy and the presence of antithyroid antibodies. We describe the clinical presentation, outcome and treatments for SREAT by a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: MEDLINE via PubMed, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library were searched for articles published until 2015. Inclusion criteria were unexplained encephalopathy with antithyroid antibodies...
September 15, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Rebecca L Holt, Dylan Kann, Caroline E Rassbach, Hayden T Schwenk, Jana M Ritter, Paul A Rota, Jorina Elbers
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a fatal complication of measles infection. We present a case of a fully vaccinated 3-year-old boy who was diagnosed with and treated for autoimmune encephalitis before arriving at a diagnosis of SSPE. We discuss the challenges of diagnosing SSPE in developed countries.
September 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
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