P/Q- and N-type calcium-channel antibodies: Oncological, neurological, and serological accompaniments

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Introduction: Voltage-gated calcium-channel autoimmunity (VGCC-P/Q and VGCC-N types) occurs beyond Lambert–Eaton syndrome and lung cancer. Methods: We reviewed records for 236 Mayo Clinic patients with VGCC antibodies found in evaluation for paraneoplastic neurological autoimmunity (generally without myasthenic syndromes). Results: VGCC autoantibodies were detected in 3.4% of neurological patients, 1.7% of healthy controls, and 4% of neurologically asymptomatic lung cancer controls. Fifty neurological patients (21%) had ≥ 1 neoplasm, historically (46) or detected prospectively [small-cell lung carcinoma (2), breast adenocarcinoma (2), lymphoma (1), and suspected tonsillar carcinoma (1)]. Autoimmune neurological diagnosis frequencies (encephalopathy, ataxia, myelopathy, neuropathy, neuromuscular junction disorder, and myopathy) among patients with medium values (24%; 0.10–0.99 nmol/L) or low values (19%; 0.03–0.10 nmol/L) were fewer than among patients with antibody values exceeding 1.00 nmol/L (71%; P = 0.02 and 0.004, respectively). Conclusions: Among neuronal VGCC-autoantibody–seropositive patients, autoimmune neurological phenotypes and cancer types are diverse. Cautious interpretation of results (particularly medium and low values) is advised. Muscle Nerve, 2016 Muscle Nerve 54: 220–227, 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • ataxia
  • calcium channel
  • myasthenia
  • neuropathy
  • paraneoplastic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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