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Hashimoto's encephalitis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
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Overview

Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is a condition characterized by onset of confusion with altered level of consciousness; seizures; and jerking of muscles (myoclonus). Psychosis, including visual hallucinations and paranoid delusions, has also been reported. The exact cause of HE is not known, but may involve an autoimmune or inflammatory abnormality. It is associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but the nature of the relationship between the two conditions is unclear. Most people with HE respond well to corticosteroid therapy or other immunosuppressive therapies, and symptoms typically improve or resolve over a few months.[1]
Last updated: 9/18/2014

References

  1. Devon I Rubin. Hashimoto's encephalopathy. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; September, 2014; Accessed 9/18/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.