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Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

No, no and no: Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain. Inflammation is almost always caused by infection. Encephalitis is usually due to viral infections. This notion of "stress" as the cause of everything bad is nonsense, or that "stress" in modern. You don't think the sight of a saber-tooth cat leaping out of the underbrush was stressful to our ancestors? ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can meninges cause encephalitis as it is the brain's covering?

Can meninges cause encephalitis as it is the brain's covering?

Different diseases: Inflamed meninges is called meningitis. Encephalitis is swelling of the brain itself. Infectious causes might include viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, tuberculosis. Cancer can result in carcinomatous meningitis, and, in some cases, there can be meningoencephalitis, so can get very complex. So, clinical problems can involve brain fnctn directly and indirectly. ...Read more

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How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

Not common: Most cases of encephalitis are mild with full recovery. However, in some cases there are permanent neurological consequences which may include personality changes, language difficulties, seizures, memory loss, and partial paralysis. I would be pleased to consult with you further on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection. Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve. ...Read more

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My endo said my graves disease may have caused my brain to swell with symptoms that mimic encephalitis. He has prescribed me steroids. Correct dx?

Cannot diagnose: Your endocrinologist is certainly operating from a better prospectus than we could, not having examined you and not having access to the results of studies run. If you have serious questions about the diagnosis and treatment would strongly suggest getting a second opinion from somebody who can evaluate you in person. Good luck. ...Read more

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Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Crystal ball: Unconsciousness refers to a state of being which has multiple causes. Most commonly, we are unconscious when we sleep & recover normally every morning. Brain swelling can be relieved surgically or w/drugs. It's possible to recover uneventfully from a bleeding in brain but too many variables eg how much & where, to predict recovery w/o evaluating patient. In other words, ask patient's doctor. ...Read more

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How long can cerebral adaema caused due to japanese encephalitis take to cure completely. Please see report here http://goo.Gl/qyyih?

How long can cerebral adaema caused due to japanese encephalitis take to cure completely. Please see report here http://goo.Gl/qyyih?

JE: Japanese encephalitis can affect the brain tissue and cause edema. The edema should regress but the affected brain may never return to baseline. See your neurologist for deeper explanations. An MRI can show you what is left to work with after encephalitis has taken its toll. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

Is brain inflamation: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be caused by infections or sometimes by autoimmune problems where the immune system injures the brain. Symptoms include things like confusion, agitation, headache, difficulty speaking, sometimes even coma or seizures. Paralysis and vision problems also possible. ...Read more

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What are the brain damages occured by japaneese encephalitis virus? What brain structures get affected from it?

What are the brain damages occured by japaneese encephalitis virus? What brain structures get affected from it?

All parts: Any portion of the brain and spinal cord may be involved, usually the entire brain is involved (pan-encephalitis). Often the white matter tracts are initially affected leading to severe stiffness. Any part of the brain may get destroyed by the inflammation which results from the initial virus infection. ...Read more

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Could you please explain metabolism of the brain, the prognosis, and symptoms? Also auto-immune encephalitis prognosis and symptoms?

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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Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

No: Inflammation of the brain is not a general precursor to brain tumors. Occasional brain tumors such as lymphomas, may present with an inflammatory picture. ...Read more

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Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system.There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more

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How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

Good chance: Depending on the severity of the meningitis, I have found that most of my patients do very well, and have a full, or near full recovery. Occasionally, there are cases that leave behind scars that can lead to seizures, or brain injury. However, this is best answered by the neurologist or neurosurgeon that was involved with the specific case, since there can be many factors relating to outcome. ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas.Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible.I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope.Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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Hw long brain swelling aftr japanese encephalitis takes to cure & whn cn v expect maximum recovery? Viral encephalitis is less serious thn bacterial?

Japanese encephaliti: This very severe disease has a better than 30% mortality rate and a 30% incidence of neurological dysfunction after recovery. Severity of both depend upon the particular organism causing the brain inflammation. ...Read more

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Frnd recovrd frm unconscious to conscious withn 40 dys aftr hvng brain edema due to japanese encephalitis. Mri and spect scan r gud. Whn she'll b fine?

Can take a while: Glad to hear your friend woke up from coma. Some patients make remarkable recoveries but it may be a very lengthy process. Should the infection (and associated immune attack on the brain tissue) have caused actual nerve cell or nerve fiber loss, your friend may never make a full recovery. Keep supporting her ! good nutrition - b vitamins and dha help the brain recover. ...Read more

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Frnd had brain edema due to japanese encephalitis. Mri & spect scan says no major damage. But recovery is very slow. Not able to speak clearly. Why?

Cannot rely on tests: Encephalitis is an inflammatory disorder of the brain. Cat scan and MRI are tests of anatomy, not brain function. These tests may be normal while the function of the cells is abnormal. ...Read more

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Pack
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more