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Link: The Diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalopathies, Dementias, and Epilepsies

Many disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) previously considered neurodegenerative and untreatable are now recognized as having an autoimmune cause.1,2 Autoimmune disorders of the CNS may be paraneoplastic (occurring in the setting of an occult systemic cancer) or idiopathic. Improved recognition of these disorders has been facilitated by an expanding profile of neural-specific autoantibodies discovered and validated for clinical use in academic neuroimmunology laboratories. When detected in serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), these immunoglobulin G (IgG) biomarkers reliably predict an autoimmune cause for neurological dysfunction in patients presenting with rapidly progressive brain disorders. New testing profiles relevant to the evaluation of 3 neurological disease states (autoimmune encephalopathy, dementia, and epilepsy) are now available from the Neuroimmunology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Testing profiles, available for both serum and CSF, include neural antibodies that have been clinically validated as biomarkers of these 3 disorders. (Table 1) Negative results for these antibodies do not exclude an autoimmune basis for encephalopathy, dementia, or epilepsy, so in seronegative cases, a diagnostic trial of immunotherapy should be considered.

This The full comunique can be found at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/articles/communique/2014/07-autoimmune-encephalopathy/index.html. This link was posted on 3rd December, 2014 by T.A.O.

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Link: NHS – How PET Scan Works

This link will take you to NHS Choices which provides a wealth of information about NHS services, medical conditions, and many more useful resources.

To read the full text and find more information from the NHS about PET scans, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/PET-scan/Pages/How-does-it-work.aspx.

NHS Choices is a freely available website. The above content is owned by NHS and gov.uk for education purposes.

 

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PDF Link: Autoimmune encephalitis update

The article can be found at http://www.medlink.com/cip.asp?UID=mlt002s5&src=Search&ref=40036726.

Shared by G.D. in this post on 23rd October, 2014. The article is found at Oxford Journals. Copyright © March 16th 2014.

 

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Link: Evaluating Cancer Information on the Internet

This article discusses evaluating information found online for accuracy and credibility in order to ensure that patients are reviewing information relevant and valuable to their circumstances. This article discusses this topic in relation to cancer information but can be applied to other illnesses as well. To read the full text, proceed to http://www.cancer.net/research-and-advocacy/introduction-cancer-research/evaluating-cancer-information-internet?utm_source=September+2014&utm_campaign=September+2014&utm_medium=email.

The full text of this article is found at Cancer.net and was published in 2012. Copyright © 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – Cancer.Net

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