When NMDA Receptors are Under Attack, Which Anesthetic Choice is Best?

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We present a case of a previously healthy 28-year-old female who presented to the hospital with acute psychosis. She was initially admitted to the psychiatric ward with suicidal ideation but later was transferred to the medical floor with tachycardia and mental status changes. Her neurologic status progressed to catatonia and eventually the patient became comatose and began experiencing seizures, at which point she was intubated. We discuss the relatively new of diagnosis anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis and the anesthetic management of these patients for surgery and sedation.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 8-12, 2021.