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Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Apr;44(4):275-81. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2010.10.015.

Neuronal voltage-gated potassium channel complex autoimmunity in children.

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Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.


Autoimmunity targeting voltage-gated potassium channel complexes have not been systematically documented in children. Identified in the Neuroimmunology Laboratory records of Mayo Clinic were 12 seropositive children, 7 among 252 Mayo Clinic pediatric patients tested on a service basis for serologic evidence of neurologic autoimmunity (June 2008-April 2010), 4 during the assay's preimplementation validation (before June 2008) and 1 non-Mayo patient with available clinical information. Neurologic manifestations were subacute and multifocal. Three had global developmental regression, 6 movement disorders, 4 dysarthria, 3 seizures, 1 Satoyoshi syndrome, 1 painful red feet, 2 insomnia, 2 gastrointestinal dysmotility, and 2 small fiber neuropathy. Neoplasia was found in 1 child. Treating physicians recorded improvement in all 7 children who received immunotherapy. Neurologic symptom relapse occurred in 3 of 6 children after ceasing immunotherapy. These findings highlight a diverse clinical spectrum of neuronal potassium channel complex autoimmunity in children, and they illustrate benefit from early initiated immunotherapy, with a tendency to relapse when therapy ceases. Diagnosis is generally delayed in the process of eliminating neurodegenerative causes. Currently 2.7% of pediatric sera evaluated for neurologic autoimmunity are positive for neuronal potassium channel complex-reactive immunoglobulin G. The frequency and full spectrum of neurologic accompaniments remains to be determined.

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