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Physicians study use of mycophenolate mofetil in children

Physicians from centers in four countries collaborated on a recent retrospective study concerning the use of mycophenolate mofetil (Cell Cept) in autoimmune/immune-mediated diseases of the central nervous system in children. A large percentage of the study population were children with autoimmune encephalitis. The authors were interested in the safety of the medication and whether children …

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Autoimmune Encephalitis: The bridge between Neurology and Psychiatry

The AE Alliance is excited to announce a groundbreaking symposium titled: “Autoimmune Encephalitis: A Bridge Between Neurology and Psychiatry.” HESA (Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy SREAT Alliance) is the initiator and lead organizer of this symposium to be held on April 6, 2019 at Weill Cornell Medical School, Cornell University in New York, NY. The April 2019 symposium for doctors …

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A review on neuroimmune disorders in children

The widely-read journal Nature Reviews, in its specialized Neurology publication recently featured an article with a summary of the current state of knowledge and research related to neuroimmune illnesses that occur in children, including autoimmune encephalitis. Over a dozen experts collaborated on this paper. A sample of interesting points, which also largely apply to adults …

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Paper released on diagnosis and treatment

Two physicians from the Mayo Clinic have just published a paper for clinicians discussing the diagnostic testing available for the many autoimmune neurological illnesses including AE and its various forms. They also included treatment approaches used by their institution and many others. A few highlights include: These disorders often develop rather quickly and produce many …

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Persistent symptoms reported in children and adolescents after anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis

A recent article in Neurology Now, a publication of the American Association of Neurology for laypeople, notes many children and adolescents are continuing to experience cognitive problems, fatigue and behavioral problems even after recovery from anti-NMDA receptor AE. They observed these issues are affecting academic performance and quality of life in a Dutch study of …

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Evaluation and Management of AE: A Clinical Overview for the Practicing Child Psychiatrist

The importance of awareness of AE among child psychiatrists has been emphasized in a recent publication by Mooneyham, Gallentine and VanMater of the Duke University Children’s Hospital Autoimmune Brain Disease Program. They note that the nature of early symptoms may lead children to be evaluated first by a psychiatrist. These may include the acute or …

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