Psicosis reversible en una adolescente de 17 años secundaria a encefalitis límbica

Translated title of the contribution: Reversible psychosis in a 17 year-old adolescent secondary to limbic encephalitis

Jose Arroyoa, Sebastian Villate, Eduardo Bessolo, Luciano Femopase, Graciela Rango, Gustavo Ortiz

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Introduction: Limbic encephalitis may present with psychiatric symptoms, often reversible with treatment. Case report: A previously healthy teenager started with aggresiveness, disinhibition, hypersexuality, cognitive impairment and suicide attempts, for which she was treated with neuroleptics and benzodiazepines. Two months later, a cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed changes in both temporal lobes, suggestive of limbic encephalitis. Biochemical and radiologic studies ruled out neoplastic, inflammatory or infectious causes. She was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, high doses of intravenous steroids and cyclophosphamide, with notorious symptomatic and radiological improvement. Conclusion: Considering and treating patients with possible limbic encephalitis can radically change the prognosis, particularly in patients with psychiatric manifestations.

Translated title of the contributionReversible psychosis in a 17 year-old adolescent secondary to limbic encephalitis
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalNeurologia Argentina
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Affective psychotic disorder
  • Limbic encephalitis
  • Paraneoplastic syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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