Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis associated with ovarian teratoma in Korea

Yeungnam Univ J Med. 2021 Jan 27. doi: 10.12701/yujm.2020.00794. Online ahead of print.


Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a severe autoimmune paraneoplastic syndrome associated with ovarian teratomas. Most patients develop neurologic symptoms, including psychosis, memory deficits, seizures, or abnormal movements, and experience abdominal pain related to ovarian neoplasm. We present a case report of three patients diagnosed with anti-NMDAR encephalitis accompanied by ovarian teratomas at Ajou University Hospital in Korea. The patients demonstrated a different clinical course of the disease. However, upon diagnosis, all patients underwent surgical removal of the ovarian teratoma followed by intensive immunotherapy. The symptoms progressively improved following treatment. This is a case report of a rare autoimmune anti-NMDAR encephalitis associated with ovarian neoplasms, including immature teratoma.

Keywords: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis; Immature ovarian teratoma; Mature ovarian teratoma.

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