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PDF Link: Autoimmune encephalitis – History & current knowledge

This PDF link will take you to a PDF published by PANDAS Network and has a wealth of information about auto-immune diseases.

 

Introduction
The acute fulminating epidemic form of encephalitis lethargica (von Economo, EL) seems to have
disappeared, since there have been no further reported epidemics after 1916-1927. During that period of
time, both rheumatic fever (RF) and Sydenham chorea (SC) were associated with and later proven to be
provoked by streptococcal infections. The occurrence of RF including SC has become much less frequent in
the industrial world.

The full text can be found in a PDF at http://pandasnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Autoimmune_encephalitis.pdf

 

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Link: Faces of Stiff Person Syndrome

This link will take you to CNN.com to an article which talks about Stiff Person Syndrome. To review the full text, please go to http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/05/health/stiff-person-syndrome-irpt/index.html

 

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Video: Sylvania woman battles rare ‘Stiff Person Syndrome’

This is Laura K and her video about Stiff Person Syndrome shown on NBC 24 WNWO.

Disclaimer:

This site is not affiliated with Laura, her caregivers, or anyone in association with her. I am sharing this information for the sole purpose of sharing her story.

If you would like to donate to help Laura get the treatment she needs, please visit her Fundrazr.com site. You may also purchase a bravelet for Stiff Person Syndrome in order to help fund her medical expenses. Proceeds will go to her treatment and expenses.

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Video: Rare disorder robs woman of dancing ability, but not spirit

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Video: Stiff Person Syndrome by Debra Richardson

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Link: Anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antibodies

Anti-GAD antibodies target an enzyme called Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase. This enzyme is responsible for converting glutamic acid to GABA,a chemical found in high concentrations in the cerebellum. – University of MN

 

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PDF Link: Autoantibodies Associated with Diseases of the CNS

Linked is a lengthy PDF article regarding multiple auto-immune diseases affecting the Central Nervous System.

Several CNS disorders associated with specifi c antibodies to ion channels, receptors, and other synaptic proteins have
been recognised over the past 10 years, and can be often successfully treated with immunotherapies. Antibodies to
components of voltage-gated potassium channel complexes (VGKCs), NMDA receptors (NMDARs), AMPA receptors
(AMPARs), GABA type B receptors (GABABRs), and glycine receptors (GlyRs) can be identifi ed in patients and are
associated with various clinical presentations, such as limbic encephalitis and complex and diff use encephalopathies.
These diseases can be associated with tumours, but they are more often non-paraneoplastic, and antibody assays can
help with diagnosis. The new specialty of immunotherapy-responsive CNS disorders is likely to expand further as
more antibody targets are discovered. Recent fi ndings raise many questions about the classifi cation of these diseases,
the relation between antibodies and specifi c clinical phenotypes, the relative pathological roles of serum and intrathecal
antibodies, the mechanisms of autoantibody generation, and the development of optimum treatment strategies.

 

The PDF can be found at Google Articles, published by www.thelancet.com in their August 2011 journal, Volume 10.

Copyright © 2011 The Lancet

 

 

 

 

 

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Link: Antibody-Mediated Epilepsies

This study discusses the presence of antibodies against the neuronal surface proteins which lead to drug-resistent epilepsies. These epilepsies respond to immunologic therapies. Most of the article can be found at this link. Unfortunately, the rest of the article is available to subscribers only.

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

The article is found at Medlink.com. Copyright © 2011.

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Link: Autoimmune Encephalitis © Touch MEdical MEdia 2013 Autoimmune Encephalitis—Antibody Targets and Their Potential Pathogenicity in Immunotherapy-responsive Syndromes

This study discusses the role of antibodies which attack the brain’s neurons, thus causing amnesia, confusion, and seizures. It suggests that Autoimmune Encephalitis should be included in the differential diagnosis for conditions that include these symptoms.

The article can be found at https://www.academia.edu/5228749/Autoimmune_Encephalitis_Touch_MEdical_MEdia_2013_Autoimmune_Encephalitis-Antibody_Targets_and_Their_Potential_Pathogenicity_in_Immunotherapy-responsive_Syndromes.

This article is found at Academia.org. Copyright © 2013

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