Tag: Anti-NMDAR

AEA sponsors Boston meeting on future of autoimmune neurology with ~70 medical professionals

  Roughly 70 researchers, nurses, neuropsychologists, neurologists, residents, fellows, patient advocates, patients, and families attended a “Dinner and Discussion on the Future of Autoimmune Neurology” on the evening of 4/27/17, held at the Richard Simches Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  Organized by Dr. Jenny Linnoila, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, the overall …

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“Brain under attack” by Carol Harbers

Duke Health recently posted an article by Carol Habers that follows the four-year journey to an autoimmmune encephalitis diagnosis of Lucas Quinones-Reed.  “Reed, Quinones, and Lucas met with Dr. Heather Van Mater, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist and Dr. William Gallentine, DO, a pediatric neurologist. ‘They came in with a box full of medical records,’ said Van Mater. Immediately, she saw …

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FDA approves drug for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis – possible implications for autoimmune encephalitis?

Medpage Today reports that the FDA has approved the biologic drug ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) for treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Ocrelizumab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody targeting B cells which is the same mechanism of action as rituximab (Rituxan), which some earlier studies found to be effective against both relapsing-remitting and progressive MS. Off-label use of rituximab …

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HESA helps promote encephalitis research with funding pledge to AE Alliance

Two U.S. non-profits join forces to combat autoimmune encephalitis. “The AE Alliance is proud of the long-standing relationship with the Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy SREAT Alliance. We are grateful beyond words for HESA’s generosity. This collaboration allows both groups to look anew at imaginative ways to raise awareness on all autoimmune encephalitis fronts, fight this disease, and …

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Bortezomib Treatment for Anti-NMDAR Autoimmune Encephalitis

The Journal of the American Medical Association Nuerology reports the following by authors Volker Behrendt, MD1; Christos Krogias, MD1; Anke Reinacher-Schick, MD2; Ralf Gold, MD1; and Ingo Kleiter, MD1: Anti-NMDAR  autoimmune encephalitis, associated with ovarian teratoma, predominantly affects young females.1 Because antibodies against subunits of the NMDAR contribute to the pathogenesis, methods targeting humoral immunity are therapeutically efficacious.2 However, some patients have an unsatisfactory outcome after high-dose corticosteroids, apheresis …

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Whittington family continues sharing autoimmune encephalitis story 6 years on

Ellen Whittington was 12 years-old when she was first diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis in 2012. At that time, she couldn’t talk or feed herself. Now, 17 year-old Ellen is a high school student and doing much better. Her family was interviewed by local NBC affiliate WRAL, as an update to their original story. Ellen and her family were …

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March 22, is “Brain Injury Awareness Day”

March 22, of each year is Brain Injury Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Not Alone.” While autoimmune encephalitis is not what most people consider a “brain injury,” the damage done by the disease can be similar. “I have been told by several world-class physicians who focus on AE, that recovery, and in particular the …

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Recovering anti-NMDAR patient shares advice via voice memo

Shawn Kregan contacted the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance in August of 2016, and we have been connecting regularly ever since. He has put together a voice memo to aid and inspire those who struggle with AE.  Shawn wants everyone to know that sharing experiences gives others confidence and strength, so don’t be afraid to tell people …

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Wall Street Journal reports sharing group health stories allows for insight for doctors

Rachel Emma Silverman from the Wall Street Journal reports that health care providers who organize patient discussion groups are finding that vast amounts of information are to be gained. They are asking patients with similar conditions to share stories. The idea behind these “experience groups” is to elicit insights about illnesses, with the goal of understanding and …

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Lancet Neurology publishes paper on brain imaging and diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis

It is often difficult to clinically diagnosis autoimmune encephalitis because patients’ symptoms can be so widely varied. In the Sept. 2016, issue of The Lancet Neurology, Francesc Graus and colleagues proposed an initial diagnostic work-up relying on conventional neurological evaluation and standard diagnostic tests such as MRI, CSF sampling, and EEG. This approach would enable clinicians to make …

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