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Australasian Journal of Neuroscience

Australian Association of Neuroscience Nursing

Subject: Nursing


ISSN: 1032-335X
eISSN: 2208-6781



The Brain on Fire: A Case Study on Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis
Considering Causes for Hypoactive Delirium

VOLUME 29 , ISSUE 1 (May 2019) - List of articles

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Linda Nichols

With only two years until the 13th Quadren-nial Congress it is time for all of us to con-sider the great work that we are doing and start thinking about potential abstract sub-missions. Two years might seem a long way away, but it will come around quickly. I have recently had the absolute privilege to represent my workplace, Australia and the neuroscience nursing community at the European Stroke Organisation Conference in Milan. I was one of over 5600 partici-pants enjoying a packed program, inc(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-013

The Brain on Fire: A Case Study on Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

Grissel B Crasto

Abstract Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is a rare disease that occurs when antibodies produced by the body’s own immune system attack the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain (Dalmau, 2016). For a relatively rare condition, one academic hospital in an urban centre noted four cases of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in one single year. Patients develop a multistage condition that progresses from psychosis, memory deficits, seizures, respiratory difficulties, abnormal catatonic move(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-014

Considering Causes for Hypoactive Delirium

Malissa A Mulkey/ Sonya R Hardin/ DaiWai M Olson/ Cindy L Munro/ Erik Everhart

Abstract Delirium is defined as a mental disorder characterized by an abnormal state of cognition and awareness. Delirium is associated with an annual cost of $350 billion between the United States and Europe. Approximately 80% of delirium cases are either not identified or misdiagnosed. Older adults have the highest incidence due to the consequences of aging. Hypoactive delirium or “quite delirium” is the most common delirium subtype experienced by older adults. Hypoactive delirium, is difficul(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-015

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