Diagnosis of limbic encephalitis can be made when all three of the following criteria have been met:
1. Subacute onset (rapid progression of less than 3 months) of working memory deficits (short-term memory loss), altered mental status, or psychiatric symptoms
2. At least one of the following:
• New focal
• CSF pleocytosis (
3. Reasonable exclusion of alternative causes
Examples of conditions that must be ruled out before a diagnosis of limbic encephalitis can be made, include:
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