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Doctor insights on: Anoxic Encephalopathy Recovery

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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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How does anoxic encephalopathy affect the cardiopulmonary system?

Variable: By definition a period of anoxia has occurred which caused tissue (brain) damage. That period of anoxia may have also caused injury to the heart muscle or the heart may have been able to rely on other metabolic pathways to supply its needs. If injured, the effect on the cvs would depend on the extent. If not, it could function normally. ...Read more

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How bad is anoxic encephalopathy? And is it progressive? Could it be the cause of my head aches

How bad is anoxic encephalopathy? And is it progressive? Could it be the cause of my head aches

Varies/no/unlikely: Anoxic encephalopathy is brain damage due to a localized or generalized lack of oxygen.It can vary from unnoticed to actual brain death, with every level in between. Once damaged, the area will remain so, but not extend beyond the nerves lost originally. Function may deteriorate over time as the body adapts to the loss. Some would develop seizures. I would not look at this as a primary cause of HA's ...Read more

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My sister was diagn. With profound anoxic encephalopathy in august 2013. She can't eat, drink, walk, talk & urinates 1 in 24 hrs. Happened fast? Next?

My sister was diagn. With profound anoxic encephalopathy in august 2013. She can't eat, drink, walk, talk & urinates 1 in 24 hrs. Happened fast? Next?

More of the same: In general, the items you mention will persist and the impact will become more dramatic as she gets older. Anoxic encephalopathy just means the oxygen or blood to her brain was not passing through in adequate amounts for her nerves to survive. Once critical nerves are damaged, there is a good chance they will never recover. At some later time the label of cerebral palsy will be applied. ...Read more

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6yr old is currently on life support following an epileptic seizure. She has been told she has encephalopathy. Is there possibility of recovery.

6yr old is currently on life support following an epileptic seizure. She has been told she has encephalopathy. Is there possibility of recovery.

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon. ...Read more

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After brain stroke recovery in hospital suddenly ammonia 99, encephalopathy, unconcious, breathing on own, feeding thrgh tube, 3 days now, not conciou?

After brain stroke recovery in hospital suddenly ammonia 99, encephalopathy, unconcious, breathing on own, feeding thrgh tube, 3 days now, not conciou?

Elevated ammonia: Will need to be brought down to below 76 (1.5 x upper limit of normal) This can be achieved with lactulose and neomycin or similar treatment. Recovery of consciousness will hopefully occur soon. Might want to check an EEG (will see what are called triphasics with hepatic encephalopathy) Also they can make sure there is no sub-clinical seizure activity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Encephalopathy is a general term to refer to an injury to the brain, by trauma, infection, anoxia, bleeding among other causes. In short the brain has been injured by any of the above mechanisns, there are others but these are the most common. ...Read more

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Is static encephalopathy a common disease?

Is static encephalopathy a common disease?

Description: Static=doesn't change; encephalopathy= a problem that affects the ability of the brain to function
This is a description not a disease. It is commonly used to describe the injury that causes cerebral palsy. It can also also be applied to a brain injury from trauma (car crash, fight, fall, etc.) or residual injury from an infection like meningitis. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about encephalopathy?

A lot!!: Briefly encephalopathy is a term used when the brain is affected universally by either metabolic, infective' hypoxic or toxic causes. ...Read more

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How can you heal encephalopathy naturally.?

Encephalopathy: Know of no natural treatment for this. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

Terminology: Acute= happened quickly, not over a long period
disseminated= effects spread over wide area, not localized to a limited area.
Encephalopathy= damage affecting the brain
these are descriptors that describe a process. They would usually be entioned with a cause, whether infectious, toxic, or traumatic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: wernicke encephalopathy?

What is the definition or description of: wernicke encephalopathy?

Thiamine deficiency: Occurring in chronic alcoholics, chronic malnutrition, rarely during cancer chemo or pancreatitis. Symptoms include, confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, memory loss, abnormal eye movements including nystagmus and double vision, incoordination and imbalance. With prompt thiamine, symptoms may clear within a few days, but 25 % develop korsakoff's psychosis with permanent memory impairments. ...Read more

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What is that chronic encephalopathy condition of football players?

What is that chronic encephalopathy condition of football players?

Same as in boxers..: ...And soccer players: a cumulative result of many small hemorrhages and tears within the brain from repeated trauma. Can present as early parkinson's disease, memory problems, or trouble with emotional lability. ...Read more

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What are the common presenting symptoms of wernicke encephalopathy?

Wernicke's: Wernicke's encephalopathy is a serious neurologic disorder related to thiamine deficiency, and seen frequently in chronic alcoholics. The presenting triad of symptoms is confusion, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia (inability to move the eyes). In advanced cases you might also see memory loss and confabulation -- the person fills in what isn't recalled, with stories that could sound okay, but aren't. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about Wernickes encephalopathy? Is it dangerous?

Could be!: It is due to vitamin (THIAMIN) deficiency If left untreated could be dangerpous ...Read more

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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?

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 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

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What are symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

Post consustion syn: The symptoms include impaired memory, confusion, poor judgment, aggression, impulse control issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal feeling, and parkinsonism. Symptoms often begin many years after the last brain trauma. The end stage is progressive dementia. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with hepatic encephalopathy?

Hepatic enceph: Treatment of the cause of hepatic encephlopathy and symptomatic managemenr of the encephalopathy will help. Please call your hepatologist for specific qquestions. ...Read more