Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis in a Pregnant Woman

J Epilepsy Res. 2015 Jun 30;5(1):29-32. doi: 10.14581/jer.15008. eCollection 2015 Jun.


Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis is one of the most common types of autoimmune synaptic encephalitis. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis commonly occurs in young women with ovarian teratoma. It has variable clinical manifestations and treatment responses. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder or viral encephalitis. To the best of our knowledge, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is a rare condition in pregnant women. We report a case of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in a pregnant woman who presented with abnormal behavior, epileptic seizure, and hypoventilation.

Keywords: NMDA receptor antibodies; Outcome; Ovarian teratoma; Pregnancy.

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  • Case Reports