When the Body Attacks the Brain: Immune System Often to Blame for Encephalitis, Study Finds
Encephalitis caused by the immune system attacking the brain is similar in frequency to encephalitis from infections, Mayo Clinic researchers report.
Encephalitis is a term used to describe brain inflammation. Its symptoms include fever, confusion, memory loss, psychosis and seizures. It progresses quickly over days to weeks and can be life-threatening. Traditionally, it has been thought that infections account for most cases of encephalitis, but this study shows autoimmune encephalitis is an equally common cause.
“The results of our study suggest that doctors evaluating patients with encephalitis should search for autoimmune causes in addition to infectious causes, given both have a similar frequency,” says Eoin Flanagan, M.B., B.Ch., senior author of the population-based study and an autoimmune neurology specialist at Mayo Clinic.
Feb. 22 is World Encephalitis Day — a day to raise awareness of the illness.
Click here to read more.
Chicago Review Course in Neurological Surgery
Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2019; Chicago
Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference
Feb. 1-5, 2019; Snowbird, Utah
2019 NASBS Annual Meeting
Feb. 15-17, 2019; Orlando, Fla.
12th Annual International Symposium on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Feb. 22-24, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, Fla.