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SREAT or Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy?

The terms Steroid Responsive Encephalopathy Asssociated with Thyroiditis (SREAT) and Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy (HE) refer to the same condition.  There is no difference between the two.  Additional terms are used by some researchers, including Encephalopathy Associated with Autoimmune Thyroid Disease (EAATD), and Non-vasculitic Autoimmune Inflammatory Meningoencephalitis (NAIM).   All of these terms refer to the same syndrome.

The scientific community has not yet reached a consensus on which term is best.  Criticisms of the term “Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy” point to the fact that HE is not caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but is instead merely a co-existing condition.  Critics of  the term “Steroid Responsive Encephalopathy Associated with Thyroiditis” point out that this name suggests that steroid-responsiveness is a defining characteristic, yet some  HE/SREAT patients – albeit a minority – do *not* respond to steroids.

Until the scientific community reaches a consensus, we must accept that all of these terms are “valid” names for what we, at this site, generally refer to as Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy.

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  1. Betty Cook Finner
    September 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Would someone in the medical field of endocrinology please try and find the how and why to autoimmune instead of just the symptom treatments….because none of it works and most of us I’m sure feel like lab rats for the use of more drugs….and to what treat symptoms. Drug companies and big business.

  2. September 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I have come across some very interesting research articles pertaining to the “how” of HE, that is, what researchers believe is happening in those of us with autoimmune encephalopathy, but they are highly technical and designed only for a scientific audience. Do you think there is any interest in my publishing links to these very technical papers on this page?

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