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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Risks abound: Very common for viral infection of the nervous system to be acquire by mosquito or other insect bite. Less commonly people to people transmission, su ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
35 years experience Anesthesiology
EBV: Member of herpes virus family and one of the most common viruses in human. Worldwide virus and most people become infected during their life. Have an ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Perhaps shingles: Herpes zoster virus seems to reside in the dorsal ganglion of the spinal cord and can become active in the form of shingles, but we have learned also ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes: Very unlikely
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Autoimmune: Autoimmune illnesses such as Myasthenia Gravis & Multiple Sclerosis, result from Genetic predisposition, Environmental factors, or viruses such as ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Numerous: Can be as bad as meningococcal meningitis, but even benign bacteria such as Listeria could be a problem especially in immunocompromised folks. Key th ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience Allergy and Immunology
There are a number: Inflammation of the CNS causing damage should normally not occur. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not clear, this can and does happen, an in many ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Many: Looks like Zika has just joined the list, but others include herpes simplex and zoster, West Nile, a multitude of equine viruses, Japanese B, Ebola, e ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Multiple sclerosis (ms) is an autoimmune disease (body's defense system attacking itself) that involves the central nervous system. Central nervous is ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kelly
31 years experience Neurology
No: The central nervous system relates to the brain and spinal cord. To reach the targets (skin, muscles, blood vessels, etc) you need the peripheral ner ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Neuropathy: Interesting question, autoimmune neurological peripheral disorders can be aggressive and progress fast but usually start with tingling and loss of sen ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Marvit
56 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on drug: To attack the CNS they have to cross the blood brain barrier. Not all drugs do this and it tends to be dose related as well as purity.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Complicated: But an example would be HIV (the virus which causes aids), or its relatives like htlv (human lymphotropic viruses), which directly attack cells which ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Various mechanisms: The classic neurological diseases that involve myelin are Multiple Sclerosis, and Neuromyelitis Optica. Both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's involve nerv ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
28 years experience Neurology
Neuropathy: Yes. Immune mediated neuropathies can occur where the primary target is the myelin and the process is so severe that axonal injury (nerve core) can oc ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Ganji
Dr. Jay Ganji answered
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Nervous system: somatic nervous system is under your control, example making given him smoking up and down. Autonomic nervous system not to not under voluntary contr ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Body can make antibodies as well as cells that damage or destroy its own cells and tissues and are the basis for some diseases, e.g., systemic lupus, ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
Nope. : True motor neuron disease does not appear to be the result of a viral attack. Guillain-barre, on the other hand, causes (mostly) motor problems and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Death: Although i just answered your question, important to understand that this would involve a rare progressive irreversible anaphylactic allergic reaction ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Is this for a school: Project? I see you have quite a few general nervous system questions that are all quite general. The type I might have asked when I was teaching colle ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: There are several different autoimmune diseases that can cause a peripheral neuropathy such as sjogren's and cidp. There are others but without knowi ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Complicated: This description is quite improbable and sounds as it the person may be deceased. If you are having neurological deficiencies stronglysuggest that yo ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Archibald
36 years experience Psychiatry
Sympathetic : The system responsible for Adrenalin production, the sympathetic nervous system.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Well..it may cause..: For example: heartburn can be perceived as a possible heart attack and thus can cause the person to be nervous/anxious/scared, but this just means it ... Read More
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