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Abstract

We identified the IgG autoantibody ANNA-2 (“anti-Ri”) in 34 patients in a 12-year period by immunofluorescence screening of sera from approximately 75,000 patients with subacute neurological disorders that were suspected to be paraneoplastic. Detailed clinical information was available for 28 patients (10 men, 18 women). Cancer was diagnosed in 24 patients (86%); 21 had histologically proven carcinoma (10 lung, 9 breast, 1 cervical, 1 bladder), and 3 had an intrathoracic imaging abnormality. Cancer anteceded neurological symptoms in 4 of 28 patients. Cancer detection frequency increased with continued surveillance. Neurological disorders, in decreasing frequency, were brainstem syndrome (including opsoclonus, myoclonus, or both), cerebellar syndrome, myelopathy, peripheral neuropathy, cranial neuropathy, movement disorder, encephalopathy, Lambert–Eaton syndrome, and seizures. Four patients had laryngospasm and four had jaw opening dystonia (two with neck dystonia). Nine (32%) were wheelchair-bound 1 month after neurological symptom onset. Most improved neurologically after immunomodulatory or tumor-directed therapy. Accompanying autoantibodies, found in 73% of sera, included ANNA-1, ANNA-3, CRMP-5-IgG, P/Q-type and N-type Ca2+ channel antibodies, and muscle-type acetylcholine receptor antibody. Some neurological accompaniments of ANNA-2 may reflect potentially pathogenic humoral or cell-mediated responses to coimmunogenic tumor antigens, for example, Lambert–Eaton syndrome (P/Q-type Ca2+ channel antibody) and peripheral neuropathy (ANNA-1 effector T cells). Ann Neurol 2003