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Age Ageing. 2014 Sep;43(5):725-6. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu098.

Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis: an easily missed diagnosis in older patients.

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ENT, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis is an important, treatable cause of encephalitis which remains under-recognised despite a growing body of the literature [1]. It is an immune-mediated syndrome which presents with a variety of neurological symptoms including headache, fever, personality change and seizures. Most case reports to date are of young adults, it is much less frequently reported in older adults. The syndrome has been associated with ovarian teratomas. The prognosis is good with early recognition and treatment, though may relapse. We present a case of NMDA encephalitis in an elderly patient who responded well to immunosuppressive therapy.

KEYWORDS:

anti-NMDA receptor; encephalitis; immune; older people

PMID:
25156545
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/afu098
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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