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Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate-receptor encephalitis is a recently identified autoimmune disorder. We report on a 4-year-old girl presenting with seizures after nonspecific viral-like symptoms, progressing to severe aphasia, upper limb dyskinesias, fluctuation in consciousness, and inability to walk. Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate-receptor encephalitis should be included in the differential diagnosis of acute/subacute encephalitis in children.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.07.057

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Pediatr

Publication Date

02/2010

Volume

156

Pages

332 - 334

Keywords

Aphasia, Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System, Child, Preschool, Cognition Disorders, Electroencephalography, Encephalitis, Female, Humans, Immunoglobulins, Intravenous, Immunologic Factors, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate, Seizures