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Hashimoto's encephalitis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
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Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto's encephalitis?

The symptoms of Hashimoto's encephalitis can vary among affected people. They most often include sudden or subacute onset of confusion with alteration of consciousness. Some affected people have multiple, recurrent episodes of neurological deficits with cognitive dysfunction. Others experience a more progressive course characterized by slowly progressive cognitive impairment with dementia, confusion, hallucinations, or sleepiness. In some cases, rapid deterioration to coma can occur.[1]

In addition to confusion and mental status changes, symptoms may include seizures and myoclonus (muscle jerking) or tremor. Psychosis, including visual hallucinations and paranoid delusions, has also been reported.[1]
Last updated: 9/18/2014

References
  1. Devon I Rubin. Hashimoto's encephalopathy. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; September, 2014; Accessed 9/18/2014.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.