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Autoimmune Encephalitis Prognosis
Does having 1 autoimmune disorder predispose u2 others? Mom with hoshimoto's>psoriatic arthritis>viral hepatitis>acute myeloid leukemia.
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
Possibly: Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain usually due to infection. Curing encephalitis depends on the cause and how severe it is. People frequently recover from viral encephalitis but if the infection is severe it can leave permanent brain damage. See this web page for a list of some causes and treatments of encephalitis: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002388/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ADEM: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis is a rare autoimmune disease affecting the brain & spinal cord, damaging the myelin & destroying the white matter. Symptoms are similar to Multiple sclerosis. It usually follows viral infection or vaccination. Symptoms start with fever, headaches, drowsiness, seizures. ...Read more
Drugs exist: Previous answer on stress reduction which is really important.However, medications exist that can help too. It does depend on which demyelinating problem (ms, cdip), and what type as some treatments are more indicated for certain kinds of ms for example.Many are powerful immune-modulating drugs, and can be by mouth, shot or IV depending. Best to see someone skilled in treatment, such as neurologist. ...Read more
No: No, Hashimoto's does not cause brain demyelinations. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction which will eventually cause hypothyroidism. During initial stage of Hashimoto's, thyroid function may remain normal or transiently elevated with self resolution. But in long term, most patient with Hashimoto's will develop hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement ...Read more
It depends: Certain types of encephalitis may be treated, while others cannot. One example of a treatable encephalitis is caused by herpes virus, which can be treated with an antiviral medication. Even if treated, the neurological outcomes may vary widely because of the injury to the brain caused by inflammation. It helps to know the specific cause of the encephalitis to discuss prognosis. ...Read more
Depends: On the course of the disease, organ involvement, baseline health status, the aggressiveness of the condition, and many other factors (response to treatment, etc.). ...Read more
Perhaps: If tuberculosis gets into the brain, this can clearly be deadly unless immediate intervention is accomplished. Often the spread results from tuberculoma rupturing and causing a tuberculous meningitis, and if pupils dilate, may be terminal. But if diagnosis is mad early, meds to treat may really turn around. The risk is however, very high indeed. ...Read more
Mom diagnosis c hoshimotos/psoriatic arthritis/viral hepatitis/ acute myeloid leukemia. What is my risk of autoimmune disease/leukemia? My children's risk?
Altered Runx-1 gene: seems to be implicated in changing the susceptibilty to autoimmune disease and leukemia but is only 1 part of the puzzle and there appears to be other factors as well, so even if you get tested to see if you have the genetic alteration, that in itself does not mean you will get the diseases. I recommend a healthy life style with regular health exams. ...Read more
SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more
No: Autoimmune thyroiditis can occur in young children, adolescents and adults of any age. We see it most often in children who have a family history of that condition. In many children that we have seen, it was mild but symptomatic enough that their mother recognized the condition and sought treatment. Even with mild disease in children the treatment can have profound benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
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
A friend had chronic demyelinating polyneuropathy (cidp), then got chronic lymphocytic leukemia 2 years later. Is cidp paraneoplastic syndrome sometimes?
Not likely: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy (cidp) is almost always an autoimmune condition incited by some antecedent infection--c. Jejuni, ebv, cmv, or another infection. Antibodies produced against the virus/ bacteria/ pathogen cross-react with the myelin sheath on the nerve roots, first causing guillain-barre (aidp), then later cidp. It's exceedingly rare that cancer could cause this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more
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