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Expanding spectrum of contactin-associated protein 2 (CASPR2) autoimmunity-syndrome of parkinsonism and ataxia.

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Neurol Sci

Source : Neurological Sciences, Volume 39, Issue 3, p.455-460 (2018)

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Keywords : adult, aged, ataxia, Autoantibodies, Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System, female, Humans, male, Membrane Proteins, middle aged, Nerve Tissue Proteins, Parkinsonian Disorders, Potassium Channels, Voltage-Gated, Proteins, Retrospective Studies, Syndrome

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Neurology

Year : 2018

Abstract : Contactin-associated protein 2 (CASPR2) antibodies are originally associated with Morvan's syndrome and peripheral nerve hyper excitability. Our objective was to study retrospectively the clinical spectrum of CASPR2 antibody-positive patients in our hospital. This is a retrospective observational study. Patients treated at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences from May 2013 to April 2016, who were tested positive for CASPR2 antibodies, were included. A total of 1584 samples were tested in the neuroimmunology laboratory during the study period for voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC) complex antibodies-leucine-rich glioma-inactivated protein 1 (LGI1) and CASPR2 antibodies. Thirty-four were positive for LGI1, 13 were positive for CASPR2, and 7 were for both (total 54-3.4% positivity). Of these 54 cases, 11 were treated in our hospital. Seven were positive for LGI1, three for CASPR2, and one for both. The patient who had both CASPR2 and LGI1 antibody positive had Morvan's syndrome. One patient with CASPR2 had neuromyotonia. The other patient was admitted with status epilepticus with a syndrome of parkinsonism and ataxia. The third patient had encephalopathy and myoclonus with a syndrome of parkinsonism and ataxia. Two of them underwent siddha treatment for other ailments prior to the onset of the disease for other ailments. Our short series shows the expanding spectrum of CASPR2 autoimmunity. Syndrome of parkinsonism and ataxia is an important manifestation of CASPR2 autoimmunity where we can offer a definitive treatment.

Cite this Research Publication : S. Kannoth, Nambiar, V., Gopinath, S., Anandakuttan, A., Mathai, A., and Rajan, P. Kanjiraman, “Expanding spectrum of contactin-associated protein 2 (CASPR2) autoimmunity-syndrome of parkinsonism and ataxia.”, Neurological Sciences, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 455-460, 2018.

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