Autoimmune Encephalitis Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis


In this month’s “Virtual Lecture,” Eoin Flanagan, M.B., B.Ch., reviews how to diagnose autoimmune encephalitis and what to watch for that may suggest a different diagnosis; discusses neural autoantibodies interpretation; and shares information about putting test results into clinical context.


Length of Video: 41 minutes


Eoin Flanagan, M.B., B.Ch.

Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Diagnose autoimmune encephalitis.
  • Identify red flags that suggest alternative diagnoses.
  • Interpret neural autoantibody test results and recognize the potential for false positivity with certain antibodies.

Intended audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.


The following types of credit are offered for this event:


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 0.5 P.A.C.E.® contact hour.

To obtain credit

1. Watch the video.

2. Complete the post-test and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.

3. Generate and print your certificate(s).

Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Faculty disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.


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