Sunday, January 31, 2010


Med J Aust. 2009 Sep 7;191(5):284-6.
Acute psychiatric illness in a young woman: an unusual form of encephalitis.

Parratt KL, Allan M, Lewis SJ, Dalmau J, Halmagyi GM, Spies JM.
Department of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

A 21-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of acute psychotic mania, but developed, over approximately 6 weeks, seizures, delirium, catatonia, movement disorder and autonomic dysfunction. She was found to have antibodies to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) NR1-NR2 receptors in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid, consistent with anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis, a severe, potentially lethal but treatment-responsive encephalitis often associated with ovarian tumour. With aggressive immunotherapy and bilateral oophorectomy, she recovered over a period of 14 months from her initial presentation. No ovarian tumour was identified.
PMID: 19740054 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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