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Letters Autoimmune encephalitis

Safe management of psychiatrically disturbed patients on non-psychiatric wards in the UK

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1466
  1. Nicholas Moran, consultant neurologist1,
  2. Neil Munro, consultant neurologist2,
  3. Kirsten Lawson, clinical lead liaison psychiatry3,
  4. Anthony S David, professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry4
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury CT1 3NG, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, UK
  3. 3Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Maidstone, UK
  4. 4Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, London, UK
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Autoimmune encephalitis is increasingly recognised as a cause of acute psychiatric disturbance. Affected patients usually require admission to a neurology ward for assessment and treatment, and they often display serious psychiatric symptoms and disturbed behaviour.1 2 3 4

We are worried about the safe management of these patients on non-psychiatric wards. Although “organic,” these conditions manifest in a …

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