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Autoimmune Neurology and Acupuncture Care

Autoimmune neurologic diseases are more common than we traditionally believed.

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What are autoimmune neurologic disorders?

• Disorders of the nervous system caused by an aberrant immune response

• Identified by autoantibody marker detected in serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

• Antigen-specific

• Paraneoplastic or idiopathic

• Presentation:

– Subacute onset of symptoms

– Can affect any part of the nervous system

– Often multifocal

– Fluctuating disease course

• Risk factors:

– Coexisting autoimmune disease

(type 1 diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease)

– Family history of autoimmune disease

– Cancer history

– Smoking history


Lisa K. Peterson, Ph.D., D(ABMLI). University of Utah School of Medicine, Medical Director, Immunology

Symptoms of Autoimmune Neurologic Disorders


  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Cognitive impairment (confusion, memory issues, attention deficit, dementia)
  • Psychosis, agitation (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Speech, hearing and language dysfunction
  • Loss of sensation or paralysis in certain areas of the face or body
  • Muscle weakness
  • Movement disorders (myoclonus, tremor, dyskinesia)
  • Dysautonomia (hypoventilation, tachycardia, hypertension, hyperthermia)
  • Optic neuropathy/retinopathy

Lisa K. Peterson, Ph.D., D(ABMLI). University of Utah School of Medicine, Medical Director, Immunology

Acupuncture for Autoimmune Neurological Diseases NY
Acupuncture for Autoimmune Neurological Diseases NY

Autoimmune Neurologic Diseases

One group of disorders, the autoimmune neurologic diseases, are defined by an identifiable immune response targeting a specific site or antigen in the nervous system. These can be further divided into peripheral and central diseases, and those that are associated with cancer (paraneoplastic neurological disorders) and those that are non-paraneoplastic.  Vernino, Steven, MD, PhD. UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


Neuromuscular diseases, Autoimmune encephalopathies, Neuromyelitis optica.

Multiple sclerosis., Myasthenia gravis, Balance problems, Neuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Autoimmune encephalopathies and dementias, Neuromyelitis, and more.