Updates in the Diagnostic Approach to Autoimmune Encephalitis

Autoimmune encephalitis is a relatively newly discovered disorder which is characterized by progressively worsening cognitive function, behavioral changes and often seizures. It is caused by inflammation of the brain; more specifically, its mechanism involves autoimmune attack against different neuronal molecular structures in the brain. Awareness among clinicians and among all people should be encouraged, as the onset of the symptoms may be confused with other diseases, such as psychiatric illness or dementia.

In this video, I talk about updates in the diagnostic approaches to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Much of the information that I have gathered in this video is taken from a recent article published by Graus et al in 2016. I would highly recommend this article if you are interested in learning more about new diagnostic approaches to autoimmune encephalitis. Please see the citation below the link to the video for more information. 

 

 

 

Graus, F., Titulaer, M. J., Balu, R., Benseler, S., Bien, C. G., Cellucci, T., … Dalmau, J. (2016). A clinical approach to diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis. The Lancet. Neurology15(4), 391–404. http://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(15)00401-9

 

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