Other Names for this Disease
- Hashimoto's encephalopathy
- Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
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 The condition is characterized by high titers of antithyroid antibodies in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Two types of HE have been suggested: a vasculitic type characterized by multiple relapsing-remitting stroke-like episodes and mild cognitive impairment, and a diffuse progressive type characterized by dementia and psychiatric symptoms. Patients are mostly women. Treatment includes steroids, plasmapheresis (plasma exchange), or immunosuppressant medications.Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is a rare autoimmune disease with neurological and psychiatric features.
Last updated: 4/16/2010
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- Marshall GA, Doyle JJ. Long-term treatment of Hashimoto's encephalopathy. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 2006 Winter;18(1):14-20. http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/18/1/14