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Test Code ENC2 Encephalopathy, Autoimmune Evaluation, Spinal Fluid


Necessary Information


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-Relevant clinical information

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Specimen Required


Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 4 mL


Secondary ID

92117

Useful For

Evaluating new onset encephalopathy (noninfectious or metabolic) comprising confusional states, psychosis, delirium, memory loss, hallucinations, movement disorders, sensory or motor complaints, seizures, dyssomnias, ataxias, nausea, vomiting, inappropriate antidiuresis, coma, dysautonomias, or hypoventilation in spinal fluid specimens

 

The following accompaniments should increase of suspicion for autoimmune encephalopathy:

-Headache

-Autoimmune stigmata (personal or family history or signs of diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorder, vitiligo, poliosis [premature graying], myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus)

-History of cancer

-Smoking history (20+ pack years) or other cancer risk factors

-Inflammatory cerebrospinal fluid (or isolated protein elevation)

-Neuroimaging signs suggesting inflammation

 

Evaluating limbic encephalitis (noninfectious)

 

Directing a focused search for cancer

 

Investigating encephalopathy appearing in the course or wake of cancer therapy and not explainable by metastasis or drug effect

Profile Information

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
AEECI Encephalopathy, Interpretation, CSF No Yes
AMPCC AMPA-R Ab CBA, CSF No Yes
AMPHC Amphiphysin Ab, CSF No Yes
AGN1C Anti-Glial Nuclear Ab, Type 1 No Yes
ANN1C Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 1 No Yes
ANN2C Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 2 No Yes
ANN3C Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 3 No Yes
CS2CC CASPR2-IgG CBA, CSF No Yes
CRMC CRMP-5-IgG, CSF No Yes
DPPIC DPPX Ab IFA, CSF No Yes
GABCC GABA-B-R Ab CBA, CSF No Yes
GD65C GAD65 Ab Assay, CSF Yes Yes
GFAIC GFAP IFA, CSF No Yes
LG1CC LGI1-IgG CBA, CSF No Yes
GL1IC mGluR1 Ab IFA, CSF No Yes
NMDCC NMDA-R Ab CBA, CSF No Yes
PCTRC Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmc Ab Type Tr No Yes
PCA1C Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmic Ab Type 1 No Yes
PCA2C Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmic Ab Type 2 No Yes

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
AMPIC AMPA-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF No No
ABLTC Amphiphysin Western Blot, CSF No No
CRMWC CRMP-5-IgG Western Blot, CSF Yes No
DPPCC DPPX Ab CBA, CSF No No
DPPTC DPPX Ab IFA Titer, CSF No No
GABIC GABA-B-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF No No
GFACC GFAP CBA, CSF No No
GFATC GFAP IFA Titer, CSF No No
GL1CC mGluR1 Ab CBA, CSF No No
GL1TC mGluR1 Ab IFA Titer, CSF No No
NMDIC NMDA-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF No No
WBNC Paraneoplas Autoantibody WBlot,CSF No No

Testing Algorithm

If indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) (ANNA-1, ANNA-2, ANNA-3, PCA-1, PCA-2, PCA-Tr, amphiphysin, CRMP-5-IgG, AGNA-1) is indeterminate, then paraneoplastic autoantibody Western blot is performed at an additional charge.

 

If client requests or if IFA patterns suggest CRMP-5-IgG, then CRMP-5-IgG Western blot is performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA patterns suggest amphiphysin antibody, then amphiphysin Western blot is performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests AMPA-Receptor antibody, and AMPA-Receptor antibody cell-binding assay (CBA) is positive, then AMPA-Receptor antibody IFA titer assay is performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests GABA-B-Receptor antibody, and GABA-B-R Receptor antibody CBA is positive, then GABA-B-R Receptor antibody IFA titer assay is performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests GFAP antibody, then GFAP IFA titer and GFAP CBA are performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests NMDA-receptor antibody, and NMDA-receptor antibody CBA is positive, then NMDA-receptor antibody IFA titer assay is performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests DPPX antibody, then DPPX antibody CBA and DPPX titer are performed at an additional charge.

 

If IFA pattern suggests mGluR1 antibody, then mGluR1 antibody CBA and mGluR1 titer are performed at an additional charge.

 

See Encephalopathy Autoimmune Evaluation Algorithm-Spinal Fluid in Special Instructions.

Method Name

ANN1C, ANN2C, ANN3C, PCA1C, PCA2C, PCTRC, AMPHC, CRMC, AGN1C, DPPIC, DPPTC, GL1IC, GL1TC, GFAIC, GFATC, AMPIC, GABIC, NMDIC: Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA)

AMPCC, GABCC, NMDCC, LG1CC, CS2CC, DPPCC, GL1CC, GFACC: Cell Binding Assay (CBA)

ABLTC, CRMWC, WBNC: Western Blot

GD65C: Immunoprecipitation Assay (IPA)

Reporting Name

Encephalopathy-Autoimmune Eval, CSF

Specimen Type

CSF

Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
CSF Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Frozen  28 days
  Ambient  72 hours

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus Reject

Clinical Information

Autoimmune encephalopathies extend beyond the classically recognized clinical and radiological spectrum of "limbic encephalitis." They encompass a diversity of neurological presentations with subacute or insidious onset, including confusional states, psychosis, delirium, memory loss, hallucinations, movement disorders, sensory or motor complaints, seizures, dyssomnias, ataxias, eye movement problems, nausea, vomiting, inappropriate antidiuresis, coma, dysautonomias, or hypoventilation. A diagnosis of autoimmune encephalopathy should be suspected on the basis of clinical course, coexisting autoimmune disorder (eg, thyroiditis, diabetes), serological evidence of autoimmunity, spinal fluid evidence of intrathecal inflammation, neuroimaging or electroencephalographic abnormalities, and favorable response to trial of immunotherapy.

 

Detection of one or more neural autoantibodies aids the diagnosis of autoimmune encephalopathy and may guide a search for cancer. Pertinent autoantibody specificities include: 1) neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels such as neuronal voltage-gated potassium channels (and interacting synaptic and axonal proteins, leucine-rich glioma inactivated protein: LGI1 and contactin associated protein 2: CASPR2), ionotropic glutamate receptors (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor: NMDA and 2-amino-3-(5-methyl-3-oxo-1,2- oxazol-4-yl) propanoic acid: AMPA), metabotropic gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptors; 2) enzymes, signaling molecules and RNA-regulatory proteins in the cytoplasm and nucleus of neurons (glutamic acid decarboxylase 65: GAD65, collapsin response-mediator protein-5 neuronal: CRMP-5, antineuronal nuclear antibody-type 1: ANNA-1, and ANNA-2).

 

Importantly, autoimmune encephalopathies are reversible. Misdiagnosis as a progressive (currently irreversible) neurodegenerative condition is not uncommon and has devastating consequences for the patient. Clinicians must consider the possibility of an autoimmune etiology in the differential diagnoses of encephalopathy. For example, a potentially reversible disorder justifies a trial of immunotherapy for the detection of neural autoantibodies in patients presenting with symptoms of personality change, executive dysfunction, and psychiatric manifestations.

 

A triad of clues helps to identify patients with an autoimmune encephalopathy: 1) clinical presentation (subacute symptoms, onset rapidly progressive course, and fluctuating symptoms) and radiological findings consistent with inflammation, 2) detection of neural autoantibodies in serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and 3) favorable response to a trial of immunotherapy.

 

Detection of neural autoantibodies in serum or CSF informs the physician of a likely autoimmune etiology, and may heighten suspicion for a paraneoplastic basis and guide the search for cancer. Neurological accompaniments of neural autoantibodies are generally not syndromic, but diverse and multifocal. For example, LGI1 antibody was initially considered to be specific for autoimmune limbic encephalitis, but over time other presentations have been reported, including rapidly progressive course of cognitive decline mimicking neurodegenerative dementia.

 

Comprehensive antibody testing is more informative than selective testing for 1 or 2 neural antibodies. Some antibodies strongly predict an underlying cancer. For example; small-cell lung carcinoma (ANNA-1; CRMP-5-IgG), ovarian teratoma (NMDA-R), and thymoma (CRMP-5-IgG).

 

An individual patient's profile autoantibody may be informative for a specific cancer type. For example, in a patient presenting with encephalitis who has CRMP-5-IgG, and subsequent reflex reveals muscle acetylcholine receptor (AChR) binding antibody, the findings should raise a high suspicion for thymoma. Testing of CSF for autoantibodies is particularly helpful when serum testing is negative, though in some circumstances testing both serum and CSF simultaneously is pertinent. Testing of CSF is recommended for some antibodies in particular (such as NMDA-R antibody and GFAP-IgG) because CSF testing is both more sensitive and specific. In contrast, serum testing for LGI1 antibody is more sensitive than CSF testing.

Reference Values

Test ID

Reporting Name

Methodology

Reference Value

AMPCC

AMPA-R Ab CBA, CSF

Cell-binding assay (CBA)

Negative

AMPHC

Amphiphysin Ab, CSF

Immunofluorescence (IFA)

<1:2

AGN1C

Anti-Glial Nuclear Ab, Type 1

IFA

<1:2

ANN1C

Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 1

IFA

<1:2

ANN2C

Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 2

IFA

<1:2

ANN3C

Anti-Neuronal Nuclear Ab, Type 3

IFA

<1:2

CS2CC

CASPR2-IgG CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

CRMC

CRMP-5-IgG, CSF

IFA

<1:2

DPPIC

DPPX Ab IFA, CSF

IFA

Negative

GABCC

GABA-B-R Ab CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

GD65C

GAD65 Ab Assay, CSF

Immunoprecipitation assay (IPA)

≤0.02 nmol/L

GFAIC

GFAP IFA, CSF

IFA

Negative

LG1CC

LGI1-IgG CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

GL1IC

mGluR1 Ab IFA, CSF

IFA

Negative

NMDCC

NMDA-R Ab CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

PCTRC

Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmc Ab Type Tr

IFA

<1:2

PCA1C

Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmic Ab Type 1

IFA

<1:2

PCA2C

Purkinje Cell Cytoplasmic Ab Type 2

IFA

<1:2

 

Reflex Information:

Test ID

Reporting Name

Methodology

Reference Value

AMPIC

AMPA-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF

IFA

<1:2

ABLTC

Amphiphysin Western Blot, CSF

Western blot (WB)

Negative

CRMWC

CRMP-5-IgG Western Blot, CSF

WB

Negative

DPPCC

DPPX Ab CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

DPPTC

DPPX Ab IFA Titer, CSF

IFA

<1:2

GABIC

GABA-B-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF

IFA

<1:2

GFACC

GFAP CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

GFATC

GFAP IFA Titer, CSF

IFA

<1:2

GL1CC

mGluR1 Ab CBA, CSF

CBA

Negative

GL1TC

mGluR1 Ab IFA Titer, CSF

IFA

<1:2

NMDIC

NMDA-R Ab IF Titer Assay, CSF

IFA

<1:2

WBNC

Paraneoplas Autoantibody WBlot, CSF

WB

Negative

 

Neuron-restricted patterns of IgG staining that do not fulfill criteria for ANNA-1, ANNA-2, ANNA-3, CRMP-5-IgG, PCA-1, PCA-2, or PCA-Tr may be reported as "unclassified anti-neuronal IgG." Complex patterns that include nonneuronal elements may be reported as "uninterpretable."

 

Note: CRMP-5 titers lower than 1:2 are detectable by recombinant CRMP-5 Western blot analysis. CRMP-5 Western blot analysis will be done on request on stored spinal fluid (held 4 weeks). This supplemental testing is recommended in cases of chorea, vision loss, cranial neuropathy, and myelopathy. Call the Neuroimmunology Laboratory at 800-533-1710 to request CRMP-5 Western blot.

Interpretation

Neuronal, glial, and muscle autoantibodies are valuable serological markers of autoimmune encephalopathy and of a patient's immune response to cancer. These autoantibodies are usually accompanied by subacute neurological symptoms and signs are not found in healthy subjects. It is not uncommon for more than 1 of the following autoantibody specificities to be detected in patients with an autoimmune encephalopathy:

-Plasma membrane autoantibodies: These are all potential effectors of neurological dysfunction: N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor; 2-amino-3-(5-methyl-3-oxo-1,2- oxazol-4-yl) propanoic acid (AMPA) receptor; gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA-B) receptor; neuronal ACh receptor.

-Neuronal nuclear autoantibodies: type 1 (ANNA-1), type 2 (ANNA-2), or type 3 (ANNA-3)

-Neuronal or muscle cytoplasmic antibodies: amphiphysin, Purkinje cell antibodies (PCA-1 and PCA-2), CRMP-5, GAD65, or striational.

Clinical Reference

1. McKeon A, Lennon, VA, Pittock, SJ: Immunotherapy Responsive Dementias and Encephalopathies. Continuum Lifelong Learning 2010;16(2):80-101

2. Lucchinetti CF, Kimmel DW, Lennon VA: Paraneoplastic and oncological profiles of patients seropositive for type 1 anti-neuronal nuclear autoantibodies. Neurology 1998;50:652-657

3. Pittock SJ, Yoshikawa H, Ahlskog JE, et al: Glutamic acid decarboxylase autoimmunity with brainstem, extrapyramidal and spinal cord dysfunction. Mayo Clin Proc 2006;81:1207-1214

4. Lancaster E, Martinez-Hernandez E, Dalmau J: Encephalitis and antibodies to synaptic and neuronal cell surface proteins. Neurology 2011;77(2):179-189

5. Klein CJ, Lennon VA, Aston PA, et al: Insights from LGI1 and CASPR2 potassium channel complex autoantibody subtyping. JAMA Neurol 2013;70(2):229-234

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

ANN1C, ANN2C, ANN3C, PCA1C, PCA2C, PCTRC, AMPHC, CRMC, AGN1C, DPPIC, DPPTC, GL1IC, GLITC, GFAIC, AMPIC, GABIC, NMDIC:

Monday through Friday; 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday; 6 a.m.

 

AMPCC, GABCC, NMDCC, LG1CC, CS2CC:

Monday through Thursday; 10 p.m.

Sunday; 3 p.m.

 

DPPCC, GL1CC

Wednesday; 6 p.m.

 

GFACC:

Tuesday, Thursday; 6 p.m.

 

ABLTC, CRMWC, WBNC:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.

 

GD65C:

Monday through Friday; 5 a.m., 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday; 7 a.m.

Analytic Time

5 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

86255 x17

86341 x1

86255 x3 (if appropriate)

86256 x6 (if appropriate)

84182 x3 (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
ENC2 Encephalopathy-Autoimmune Eval, CSF In Process

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
61513 NMDA-R Ab CBA, CSF 93502-3
61514 AMPA-R Ab CBA, CSF 93491-9
61515 GABA-B-R Ab CBA, CSF 93426-5
34256 Encephalopathy, Interpretation, CSF 69048-7
64280 LGI1-IgG CBA, CSF In Process
64282 CASPR2-IgG CBA, CSF In Process
64929 DPPX Ab IFA, CSF 82989-5
64927 mGluR1 Ab IFA, CSF In Process
605156 GFAP IFA, CSF In Process
89079 AGNA-1, CSF 53714-2
5906 Amphiphysin Ab, CSF 56531-7
3852 ANNA-1, CSF 24400-4
7472 ANNA-2, CSF 24401-2
21633 ANNA-3, CSF 90837-6
21650 CRMP-5-IgG, CSF 35385-4
3988 PCA-1, CSF 53713-4
21632 PCA-2, CSF 35143-7
21631 PCA-Tr, CSF 56551-5
21702 GAD65 Ab Assay, CSF 53708-4
36429 Reflex Added 77202-0