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Video: The Baby Who Smelled Like Pancakes – Mystery Diagnosis

For many decades, Carole Battle has been a healthy, active mother and watercolor artist, when suddenly, she starts having balance problems. Initially, it appears to be an infection of her inner ear, but soon, Carole also develops dizziness, and eventually, speech impediments. It turns out that Carole has had cancer that is being kept in check by a rare autoimmune disease called paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD).

Since young Rachel Webb has been born, her parents have been worried about her. She has urine that smells like maple syrup, cries constantly for no apparent reason, has feeding problems, and becomes unresponsive for a while. Eventually, Rachel goes into a coma, but fortunately, the doctor finds out that she has maple syrup urine disease.

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Link: Paraneoplastic Autoantibody Evaluation, Serum

Serological evaluation of patients who present with a subacute neurological disorder of undetermined etiology, especially those with known risk factors for cancer

  • Directing a focused search for cancer
  • Investigating neurological symptoms that appear in the course of, or after, cancer therapy, and are not explainable by metastasis
  • Differentiating autoimmune neuropathies from neurotoxic effects of chemotherapy
  • Monitoring the immune response of seropositive patients in the course of cancer therapy
  • Detecting early evidence of cancer recurrence in previously seropositive patients

This page gives detailed information on Mayo Clinic’s PVAL or paraneoplastic autoantibody testing via blood, known as  serum, testing. All the information and antibodies tested for can be found at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Overview/83380.

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Link: Anti-NMDAR encephalitis misdiagnosed as Hashimoto’s encephalopathy

Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a well-defined autoimmune disorder. Hashimoto’s encephalopathy (HE) is a still controversial entity, lacking definite diagnostic criteria.

This study discusses a paediatric case of Autoimmune Encephalopathy with presentation similar to Hashimoto’s Encephalitis. The abstract only can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090379813001256. This article is only available by subscription or purchase.

 

Copyright © 2013 European Paediatric Neurology Society. | Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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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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