Pregnancy outcome in anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis.

Joseph Magley, Dena Towner, Véronique Taché, Michelle L. Apperson

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Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder resulting in neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. Treatment is challenging in pregnancy, because little data exist to guide management. A 24-year-old woman with a known diagnosis of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis using intravenous immunoglobulin therapy became pregnant. Her pregnancy was uncomplicated with no relapses. She delivered at 35 4/7 weeks of gestation after having preterm premature rupture of membranes. She had a relapse of symptoms after delivery. This patient with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis had an uneventful pregnancy with overall good outcome; however, she experienced relapse soon after delivery. This disease may mimic other autoimmune diseases, with improvement during pregnancy and risk for relapse postpartum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-483
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2 Pt 2
StatePublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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