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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes: Antiviral medications such as Acyclovir or gancyclovir can be successful in treating herpes encephalitis, especially if started early in the illness. Anti-seizure medications and corticosteroids are added to the treatment plan, if necessary.

Answered 11/13/2019

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Dr. Soren Singel answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Yes: Yes, life saving, but only when started very early in the cause of the disease.

Answered 11/13/2019

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence.

Answered 4/1/2019

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