Positive response to immunomodulatory therapy in an adult patient with Rasmussen's encephalitis.


Neurology. 2001 Jan 23;56(2):248-50.  

Villani F, Spreafico R, Farina L, Giovagnoli AR, Bernasconi P, Granata T, Avanzini G.

Division of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epileptology, Istituto Nazionale Neurologico "C. Besta," Milan, Italy. neurofisiologia@istituto-besta.it

Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE) is a rare and progressive neurologic condition of uncertain etiology that typically has a childhood onset. The authors describe a 45-year-old woman with adult-onset progressive aphasia, right hemiparesis, severe drug refractory epilepsy, and left cerebral hemisphere atrophy. High-dose corticosteroids and plasmapheresis were not effective. She improved with high-dose therapy with human IV immunoglobulin.

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PMID: 11160964 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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