Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis, an Underappreciated Disease in the Emergency Department
- Author(s): Lasoff, Daniel R.
- Corbett-Detig, Jimmy
- Sell, Rebecca
- Nolan, Matthew
- Wardi, Gabriel
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2016.2.29554
Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) Encephalitis is a novel disease discovered within the past 10 years. Antibodies directed at the NMDAR cause the patient to develop a characteristic syndrome of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Patients go on to develop autonomic dysregulation and often have prolonged hospitalizations and intensive care unit stays. There is little literature in the emergency medicine community regarding this disease process, so we report on a case we encountered in our emergency department to help raise awareness of this disease process.