[First occurrence of an organic manic schizophreniform syndrome followed by catatonia induced by anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis].Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 2013 Apr; 81(4):206-9.FN
We report on a 39-year-old female patient who developed catatonia after there had been schizomanic symptoms in the six months before. At admission the patient exhibited catatonia, a tetraspastic syndrome and focal epileptic seizures. The cranial MRI revealed bilateral subcortical hyperintense lesions which took up contrast agent. Examination of the cerebrospinal fluid disclosed a lymphocytic pleocytosis and autochthone oligoclonal bands. In the serum autoantibodies against the NMDA-NR-1 receptor were reproducibly detected. A detailed search for a tumour was negative. In detail, we could exclude a neoplasm of the ovaries which is often present in the paraneoplastic type of anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis. Therefore we assume an autoimmune, not paraneoplastic, encephalitis in our patient. The symptoms improved significantly after an immunosuppressive therapy - initially with glucocorticoids followed by rituximab - had been initiated. This case illustrates that an autoimmune encephalitis should be looked for when first psychotic symptoms occur.