As many visitors to our website may already know, University of Pennsylvania has their own clinic manned by Doctors Eric Lancaster and Josep Dalmau. This clinic has it’s own proprietary laboratory which using immunohistochemistry to identify serum and/or CSF samples that are shown to have immunoreactivity with the brain. We are told that these are most often the patients that receive an autoimmune encephalitis/encephalopathy diagnosis from Dr. Lancaster and Dr. Dalmau’s team of doctors at UPENN.
This list may be a great resource tool for patients, families, and caregivers who wish to learn more about autoimmune encephalitis/encephalopathy and the diagnostic procedure at UPENN.
We encourage you to read more on the UPENN website [https://www.med.upenn.edu/autoimmuneneurology/classification.html].
Author and former New York Post writer, Susanah Cahalan, was diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. This is an acute inflammation of the brain caused by autoimmunity. This diagnosis may also be considered in a differential diagnosis for HE/SREAT and can share symptoms, such as hallucinations and seizures. Ms. Cahalan’s vivid description of her hallucinations may ring with familiarity to patients diagnosed with HE/SREAT as well.
This video comes form Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance from their Youtube.com channel, Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance.