NMDAR encephalitis presenting as akinesia in a patient with Parkinson disease

Matteo Gastaldi, Carla Arbasino, Carlo Dallocchio, Luca Diamanti, Paola Bini, Enrico Marchioni, Diego Franciotta

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We describe the case of a woman with Parkinson disease who developed an N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antibody-mediated encephalitis. As a novelty, the encephalitis presentation mimicked a worsening of the pre-existing extrapyramidal syndrome, manifesting mainly as severe bradykinesia and, eventually, akinesia. Brain MRI was normal, whereas cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis disclosed unique-to-CSF oligoclonal bands. Prompt identification and timely immunotherapy led to a complete recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2019


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