Anti-N-methyl-D-Aspartate encephalitis - a case study of symptomatic progression

Emma Bowes, Florence Levy*, John Lawson, Anna Mandalis, Adith Mohan, Cynthia Shannon Weickert

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Objective: To present the diagnosis course and sequelae of a case of anti-N-methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis, drawing attention to early psychiatric symptoms. Method: The literature on anti-NMDA encephalitis is reviewed and possible psychopathological mechanisms discussed. Result: New onset psychoses, presenting with the combination of hallucinations, dyskinesias and seizures and progressing to catatonia should be referred to neurology for consideration of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Conclusion: Early diagnosis is important for a favourable prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • catatonia
  • dopamine
  • dyskinesia
  • mania
  • N-methyl-D-Aspartate receptor


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