Autoimmune Cause & Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Autoimmune Cause & Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Postby boxcar9 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:00 pm

:) Hello All,

I have come across some informative sites at Mayo Clinic which could apply to folks here. If an autoimmune cause is found, there ARE treatments.

Mayo has a NEW (July 2014) panel of tests that should be done when the following is suspected:

Investigating new onset dementia and cognitive impairment plus 1 or more of the following:

-Rapid onset and progression

-Fluctuating course

-Psychiatric accompaniments (psychosis, hallucinations)

-Movement disorder (myoclonus, tremor, dyskinesias)


-Autoimmune stigmata (personal history or family history or signs of diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorder, vitiligo, poliosis [premature graying], myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus)

-Smoking history (20+ pack years) or other cancer risk factors

-History of cancer

-Inflammatory cerebral spinal fluid

-Neuroimaging findings atypical for degenerative etiology

In the evaluation of a patient with cognitive decline, clinicians should consider the possibility of an autoimmune etiology on their list of differential diagnoses.

The neurological associations of . . . autoantibodies . . . over time other presentations have been reported, including . . . cognitive decline mimicking frontotemporal dementia and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
(I did shorten this. Sorry if it's cryptic. The point is that PSP is a type of frontotemporal dementia.)

Negative results do not exclude
autoimmune dementia or cancer

This video is excellent. ... evaluation

Supporting information: ... -in-focus/ ... index.html ... tive/61508

I strongly encourage having these types of blood tests done. You can't find something if you aren't looking for it.

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