Selected Highlighted News in the field of Autoimmune Encephalitis March 2019 2nd edition
Most popular article of the Month: Antibody-Mediated Psychosis Printable booklet, Profile Frame for you FaceBook Picture: Raise awareness globally and easily, Most Viewed/Shared Video of the Month: Traumatic Brain injury: Effects of damage to different lobes of the brain Most Popular IAES Handout: A Letter From Your Brain Open Access: The Expanding Field of Secondary Antibody Deficiency: Causes, Diagnosis, and Management Clinician’s Corner: Prognosticating autoimmune encephalitis: A systematic review IAES Membership Program
Most popular article of the Month:
An Introduction to the Causes and Treatment of antibody mediated psychosis. written by experts in the U.K. Study of ImmuNotherapy in
Autoantibody Positive PsychosiS (SINAPPS) features IAES Ambassador, Sarah Galloway. Published in 2016, this valuable booklet is one newer members of the AE community should become aware of.
Let the world know about Autoimmune Encephalitis and where they can find help and information by using this profile frame. Your participation helps us spread awareness and directs people to the information they need.
Most Shared Video in April:
Great 8 minute video on the areas of the brain and their functions.You know the problems you are having in your life living with acquired brain injury from AE. This explains what area of the brain is affected. This talks about TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury. AE gives us an Acquired Brain injury from disease as opposed to an accident. We at IAES Love this video! How has your AE injured you? Watch and see.
Most Popular IAES Handout of the Month:A Letter From Your Brain
(all printable handouts are found on the Living with AE page of our website)
The Expanding Field of Secondary Antibody Deficiency: Causes, Diagnosis, and Management
Excerpts of interest: “The prevalence of secondary antibody deficiency, which is estimated to be 30 times more common than PAD (12–15), is increasing for a number of reasons. Growth in new therapies for autoimmune, inflammatory, and malignant disease, many targeting B cells, is rapid. It is being increasingly appreciated that the use of such therapies, such as rituximab, alongside high-dose, and long-term steroid treatment, either in combination with other treatments, sequentially over time or as maintenance therapies may contribute to the increased development of iatrogenic secondary antibody deficiency (5, 6). Studies report an increased risk of infection with B cell-targeting drugs such as rituximab or ibrutinib, and with long-term steroid treatment. It is becoming increasingly important to address the unmet needs in this growing patient population, including risk factors for the development of secondary antibody deficiency, improved screening, monitoring, and treatment strategies.” “In neurology, B cell ablation is being increasingly used, for conditions including neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, autoimmune encephalitis, immune mediated peripheral neuropathies and primary angiitis of the central nervous system, with reports of secondary antibody deficiency consequent upon the use of these agents (129, 130). Clozapine, a drug used in treatment-resistant schizophrenia, has been associated with an increased incidence of pneumonia and death from infection. It has also recently been found to be associated with secondary antibody deficiency, as demonstrated by levels of IgG, IgA, and IgM below the reference range in 8.5%, 13.8%, and 34% of patients, respectively.”
Prognosticating autoimmune encephalitis: A systematic review
From Australia – A systematic review of the current scientific literature in order to identify variables associated with patient prognosis in autoimmune encephalitis.
•This review examines predictive variables of prognosis in autoimmune encephalitis.
•Delayed immunotherapy is associated with a wide variety of poor outcomes.
•Some variables had clear associations with outcomes only in anti-NMDAR encephalitis.
•The associations of several other variables with outcomes are unclear
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