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Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Can autoimmune encephalitis triggered by past infection be insidious unlike acute disseminated encephalomyelitis?

Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Can autoimmune encephalitis triggered by past infection be insidious unlike acute disseminated encephalomyelitis?

Rasmussen syndrome: There are several others that are even less common ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Tatiana Falcone
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Inflammation Of The Brain (Definition)

Encephalitis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the brain, most ...Read more


Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Board Certified, Palliative Care
22 years in practice
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Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Board Certified, Palliative Care
22 years in practice
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Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Somewhat : The biggest issue is more the medicines you take to control your autoimmune disease. They suppress your immune system to keep your body from attacking itself. However, it also prevents your immune system from attacking an invading infection and so in that way would make you more susceptible to these infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Could you please explain metabolism of the brain, the prognosis, and symptoms? Also auto-immune encephalitis prognosis and symptoms?

Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Could you please explain metabolism of the brain, the prognosis, and symptoms?  Also auto-immune encephalitis prognosis and symptoms?

A lot of questions: Briefly: metabolism of the brain refers to how the brain processes its energy source which is principally glucose. There are ways to assay this such as cerebral microdialysis or special pet scans. Metabolism can be altered in conditions like head injury or stroke. Auto-immune encephal. Is usually from antibodies directed against brain antigens. Symptoms vary: can include seizure, weakness, dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
46 years in practice
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Do you know anything about encephalitis?

Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
46 years in practice
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Do you know anything about encephalitis?

Viral brain infectio: Encephalitis is an infection and inflammation of the .brain substance itself. It is usually viral in nature but can be caused by other agents and autoimmune disorders. The severity varies with the agent, for instance virus causing the infection, from mild, accompanying mumps to severe when caused by herpes simplex virus, eastern equine or any of many other viruses ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the differences between encephalitis vs encephalopathies?

Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
18 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Board Certified, Bariatrics
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Are there vaccinations for encephalitis?

Dr. Gregg Nishi
Board Certified, Bariatrics
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Are there vaccinations for encephalitis?

Encephalitis: It depends. There are vaccines for some types of viral encephalopathies like meales, varicela, arbovirus. Autoimmune encephalopathies don't necessarily have vaccines. There are a ton of causes including, west nile, japanese, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis murray valley encephalitis la crosse encephalitis colorado tick fever. Autoimmune encephalitis. ...Read more

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Dr. William Goldie
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
43 years in practice
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Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Dr. William Goldie
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Depends of type: Herpes encephalitis can be modified by the use of acyclovir. Other viral infections can be modified by immunization and anti-viral agents. Most cases can recover on their own without the need for specific treatment. Good supportive care and treatment of possible bacterial infection is needed as well as prevention of complications. Vaccines for contacts may avoid other cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isnt contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isnt contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Good Question: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain can be viral, autoimmune, bacterial. I am guessing that they have done studies on nana and have not found a cause yet. That will rule out the contagious causes like viruses and bacteria. They will be searching for other causes now like autoimmune or vitamin deficiencies for example. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Dr. Rawan Tarawneh
Board Certified, Neurology
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Who can help me with encephalitis bickerstaff ?.. My mom is diagnose with this.

Dr. Rawan Tarawneh
Board Certified, Neurology
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Who can help me with encephalitis bickerstaff ?.. My mom is diagnose with this.

Inflamed brainstem: This is a rare type of encephalitis thought to be due to the immune system attacking brain cells (ie. Autoimmune). It preferentially affects the lower part of the brain called the brainstem responsible for facial movements, speech, swallowing, eye movements, and the cerebellum which is responsible for coordination. Arms and legs are also affected. Mri, csf, and blood anti-q1b help with diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Adler
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
19 years in practice
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Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed encephalitis. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.

Dr. Jason Adler
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
19 years in practice
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Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed encephalitis. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.

Inflammated brain: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. The cause is often viral, but can include other infections, autoimmune disorders, and genetic/inheritable problems. The symptoms can range from very mild and barely noticeable to severe, requiring hospitalization. You should discuss this further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Encephalitis (Definition)

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