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Video: Epilepsy (absence seizure)

This show a child having an absence seizure in real-time with the EEG shown on the left. The video is in German.

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Link: Pediatric Hashimoto’s encephalopathy with peripheral nervous system involvement

Hashimoto encephalopathy is a syndrome of encephalopathy associated with elevated concentration of circulating serum
anti-thyroid antibodies usually responsive to steroid therapy. We report a 13-year-old girl with Hashimoto encephalopa-
thy and peripheral nervous system involvement. The child had experienced high-grade pyrexia, global headache and
sleeplessness. After admission she had an ileus with a distended urinary bladder, hallucinations and cognitive impair
ment. She had reduced deep tendon reflexes and distal sensory deficiency.
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Copyright © 2014 The Authors, Pediatrics International, Japan Pediatric Society

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Link: Severe complication of catatonia in a young patient with Hashimoto’s encephalopathy comorbid with Cornelia de Lange syndrome

Dear Editor,

Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLs) is a rare genetic disease diagnosed as a cluster of symptoms; however, there are only a few reports mentioning the immunologic problems in patients with CdLs. Hashimoto’s encephalopathy (HE) is an autoimmune encephalitis, which manifests as neurocognitive impairment and elevated antithyroid antibody (ATA) titers. Childhood HE manifests especially as more neuropsychiatric symptoms. However, there are no reports discussing the most severe neuropsychiatric complication, that is, catatonia, in HE. We herein report the first case of a severe complication of catatonia in a patient with HE comorbid with CdLs.

The full text of this “letter to the editor” published in Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences can be found at http://www.kjms-online.com/article/S1607-551X(14)00142-9/fulltext.

Copyright © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc. | by Yen-Wen Chen, Pi-Lien Hung, Ching-Kuan Wu, and Ping-Tao Tseng

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Link: The Joy in Sorrow: There is a certain comfort in finally receiving a diagnosis.

Standing in the small room, we waited for the doctor. I couldn’t tell you how many times we had repeated this scene over the past 16 years, and each time was the same. The doctor would measure our son’s head circumference, check his reflexes and tone, see if he responded to various stimuli, and then ask about his behavior and whether he’d had any seizures lately.

After 16 years of life with a profoundly disabled child and no diagnosis to explain his myriad of symptoms, a mother finally receives a diagnosis. While the circumstances may vary widely for many of us, many people around the world face many years of diagnostic testing without answers. There can be a sense of relief, of comfort, in finally having a diagnosis.

The full text can be found at Neurology Now in the December/January 2014 issue.

 

Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Neurology | Volume 10, Issue 6, pg 78

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