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Are there symptoms of encephalopathy?

Are there symptoms of encephalopathy?

See definition: Encephalopathy means pathology of brain. It is not a disease or specific, as it means abnormal brain. There are muliple variations depending on cause and presentation. Most common might be issues with focus, memory, and concentration. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Encephalopathy (Definition)

Encephalon means brain, pathy means abnormal, so the full term means abnormal brain. I see the statement used by many of my colleagues, but it is not a diagnosis, ...Read more


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Explain what happens in postpanoxic encephalopathy?

Explain what happens in postpanoxic encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Post anoxic encephalopathy or hypoxic encephalopathy is a condition characterized by brain dysfunction caused by lack of oxygen delivery to the brain. The patient may have coma, seizures, agitation, motor, sensory, and/or cognitive impairment. Patient recovery from this state varies, but there may be significant residual neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Whats wernicke encephalopathy?

Whats wernicke encephalopathy?

Deficiency of B1: It is a neurologic syndrome caused by a deficiency of vitamin b1. It is mostly confined to those with severe malnutrition, classically patients with alcoholism. It damages areas of the brain concerned with balance, eye movements and memory so those with the syndrome have difficulty walking ( ataxia) memory problems, and ey movement abnormalities. ...Read more

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What causes neonatal encephalopathy?

What causes  neonatal encephalopathy?

See below:: In ne, it is not always possible to document a significant hypoxic-ischemic insult. There are potentially several other etiologies, specifically, it is important to exclude metabolic disease, infection, drug exposure, nervous system malformation and neonatal stroke as possible causes of the encephalopathy. The nature of brain injury causing neurologic impairment in a newborn is poorly understood. ...Read more

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What is wernicke encephalopathy like?

What is wernicke encephalopathy like?

Confabulation: Wernicke's encephalopathy is due to a vitamin deficiency and causes a typical picture of dementia, gait problems, and confabulation which means that the patient's conversation is not based in reality and that can difficult to distinguish from psychosis. ...Read more

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What are the differences between encephalitis vs encephalopathies?

What are the differences between encephalitis vs encephalopathies?

Fever: Encephalitis is a state of altered mental status associated with fever as well as certain findings on brain imaging and lumbar puncture. Encephalitis is often caused by an infection (bacterial, viral, parasitic) but can be due to autoimmune diseases. Encephalopathy is an altered mental status without fever that can be due to many different causes including drug effects, lack of oxygen and toxins. ...Read more

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What is hepatic encephalopathy?

What is hepatic encephalopathy?

Hepatic encephalopat: Hepatic encephalopathy is a condition of confusion or altered alertness due to inhibition of brain function. It is believed that this is related to insufficient metabolism of the liver and build up of chemicals that can be transmitted to the brain by the blood stream. In some cases, an elevated blood ammonia level correlates with this condition, but not always, and the role of ammonia is debated. ...Read more

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What is spongiform encephalopathy?

What is spongiform encephalopathy?

Mad cow (prion) dis: The brain in prion disease shows large distended vacuoles (bubbles) to the extent that under the microscope, the vacuoles are empty, giving the brain an appearance that is reminiscent of a sponge (or swiss cheese, for that matter). ...Read more

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What is treatment of encephalopathy?

What is treatment of encephalopathy?

Varies: Encephalopathy merely means abnormal brain function, and causes are numerous. Epilepsy may respond to medications or vns units. Cognitive issues may benefit from memory enhancing drugs, infections from antibiotics. Medications and toxic exposures can cause encephalopathy, and some cancers cause as a para-neoplastic phenomenon. Treatment varies. ...Read more

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Is encephalopathy the same as autism?

Is encephalopathy the same as autism?

Term definitions: The term encephalopathy is a broad label meaning something that is producing damage to the nervous system.It implies an active process like encephalitis or degenerative disease. Autism is a label used for a pattern of behaviors.It implies areas of poor functioning in the nervous system. ...Read more

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Has anyone survived hepatic encephalopathy?

Sure !: The encephalopathy can be treated by the treatment of liver failure and depeding on the cause and the state of the disorder can be reversed. ...Read more

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Wernicke encephalopathy disability treatable?

Wernicke encephalopathy disability treatable?

Yes: If diagnosed before permanent damage the disease is easily treatable with b1 vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose spongiform encephalopathy?

How do you diagnose spongiform encephalopathy?

Brain biopsy: There are new CSF markers that can be tested if the fluid is sent to the national prion surveillance lab at case western (e.g., 14-3-3 and tau) but biopsy is still more likely to be definitive. Neither 14-3-3 nor tau is completely specific for bse. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy may be mild at first then become severe. Mild symptoms may include mood changes, mild confusion, forgetfulness, and changes in sleep, while more severe symptoms may include agitation, disorientation or severe confusion, abnormal movements, sleepiness, and slurred speech. Patients may progress to coma and death in the most severe cases. ...Read more

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What is hepatic encephalopathy and how bad is it?

HEPATIC ENCEPHALPATH: Hepatic encephalopathy is another description of hepatic coma and it is very very serious condition and can be fatal.It is caused by liver failure due to chronic liver disease, commonest of that is alcoholic cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the nursing diagnosis for encephalopathy?

GENERIC TERM: The meaning is nonspecific and refers to brain (encephalo), pathology (pathy). That is any brain abnormality which might be diffuse, could be labeled with term. Does not imply any causation or actual underlying diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the rationale for hepatic encephalopathy?

Liver failure: Liver failure in metabolism of toxic chemicals in particular ammonia and the effect of these substances in the brain cause disturbance of brain function (encephalopathy). ...Read more

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What can be done to treat vinblastine encephalopathy?

What can be done to treat vinblastine encephalopathy?

Difficult to answer: This is a rare problem. There a only a few reported cases, and it is hard to offer a good answer for treatment. It can have a reversible component in some cases. There are some old cases where it was injected into the spinal fluid and fatal. ...Read more