Paraneoplastic neurological autoimmunity associated with ANNA-1 autoantibody and thymoma

Steven Vernino, Eric R. Eggenberger, Lisa R. Rogers, Vanda A. Lennon

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Neurologic autoimmunity frequently occurs with thymoma, particularly myasthenia gravis and skeletal muscle-specific autoantibodies. Type 1 antineuronal nuclear antibody (ANNA-1/"anti-Hu"), which is recognized as an immunoglobulin G marker of small-cell lung carcinoma, has not been reported with thymoma. The authors identified four patients (three under age 40) with ANNA-1 and a paraneoplastic neurologic complication of thymoma. Retrospective testing of stored serum from 172 patients with thymoma revealed ANNA-1 in 3%. This report extends the oncologic implications of ANNA-1 seropositivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 24 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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