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Dement Neurocogn Disord. 2014 Sep;13(3):79-82. Korean.
Published online Sep 30, 2014.
© 2014 Korean Dementia Association
Non-paraneoplastic Autoantibody-negative Limbic Encephalitis Characterized by Mild Memory Impairment: A Case Report
SangWoo Han, M.D., JaeJeong Joo, M.D., JinHo Kang, M.D., Sang won Ha, M.D. and YoungSoon Yang, M.D.
Department of Neurology, VHS Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Address for correspondence: YoungSoon Yang, M.D. Department of Neurology, VHS Medical Center, 53 Jinhwangdo-ro 61-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 134-791, Korea. Tel: +82-2-2225-4106, Fax: +82-2-2225-4105, Email:
Received Aug 22, 2014; Revised Sep 02, 2014; Accepted Sep 02, 2014.

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Encephalitis that primarily involves limbic system structures such as the hippocampus and parahippocampal gyrus has been described in early papers, most commonly characterized by a subacute progressive impairment of short-term memory, psychiatric features and seizures. While these findings might be caused by viral infections or systemic autoimmune disorders, many patients with limbic encephalitis have an immune-mediated etiology (paraneoplastic or not) characterized with serum or CSF antineuronal antibodies. This case reports about non-paraneoplastic autoantibody-negative limbic encephalitis in which there are no detection of antigens and no evidence of tumors.

Keywords: Limbic encephalitis; Memory impairment; Non-paraneoplastic; Autoantibody negative


Fig. 1
Axial brain MR T2-weighted image (T2WI) and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) image show increased signal intensity in both medial temporal lobe (A, C). T1-weighted image (T1WI), Gadolium (Gd)-eahauced T1-weighted MRI and DWI study shows no hyperintensity on bilateral temporal lobes with isointensities on ADC map (B, D, E, F).
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Fig. 2
Brain FDG PET shows increased FDG uptake in the both medial temporal lobes, which is much worse on the left side.
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Fig. 3
EEG monitoring shows no epileptiform discharge.
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Fig. 4
Follow-up MRI after 2 weaks. FLAIR image shows some improvement compared to the previous study.
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