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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Overview)

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 neurons of the brain.


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How often does encephalitis cause such damage that speech and physical therapy is needed?

How often does encephalitis cause such damage that speech and physical therapy is needed?

Depends: It depends on the cause of encephalitis, its severity, location and timing of intervention. If the areas of the brain that are responsible for speech and limb movements are involved, there will be deficits that will require speech and physical therapy started. ...Read more

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
180 Doctors shared insights

Encephalitis (Overview)

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 neurons of the brain.


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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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What are main symptoms of encephalitis?

What are main symptoms of encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Headache confusion and altered mental status. A medical emergency! ...Read more

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What are the signs & symptoms of encephalitis in children?

What are the signs & symptoms of encephalitis in children?

Encephalitis: Signs and symptoms of encephalitis in children may include fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck or back pain, lethargy, weakness, unsteady gait, confusion, agitation, sensitivity to light, coma, seizures, and paralysis. Infants may also demonstrate poor feeding, irritability, bulging fontanelle, and body stiffness. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Who can help me with encephalitis bickerstaff? . My mom is diagnose with this.

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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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Is a lumbar puncture to test for encephalitis safe?

Is a lumbar puncture to test for encephalitis safe?

Yes: A person with symptoms of encephalitis (inflammation, swelling in the brain) or meningitis (inflammation, infection of the fluid and membranes covering the brain & spinal cord) has a serious illness that can cause permanent brain damage or death. A lumbar puncture is safe because it is not a risky test, and because the bad effects of the diseases are so much worse than the little risks of an l.P.. ...Read more

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What are the tests for encephalitis?

Encephalitis tests: The tests for encephalitis vary depending upon the suspected etiology. The diagnosis may be made based upon history, physical examination, blood tests that can include testing for specific antibodies or polymerase chain reaction, evaluation of cerebral spinal fluid, and possibly neuroimaging with MRI of brain and electroencephalogram. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What bacteria can cause encephalitis?

What bacteria can cause encephalitis?

Viruses: Are usually the cause of encephalitis. Most cases are due to the herpes virus although rabies, mumps, measles and rubella make up a second group. Occasionally we see outbreaks of equine encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis and others. Bacterial infection is less likely to cause encephalitis. Lyme's disease, Syphilis and TB top the list of bacterial agents. Fungus and chemicals can also be causitive ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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You were diagnosed with california encephalitis what does that mean?

Infection: California encephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain (known as encephalitis) caused by an infection with a specific virus. The disease can be relatively benign, causing headaches and lethargy, or extremely serious with complication like paralysis and death. ...Read more

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Is encephalitis treatable?

Is encephalitis treatable?

Sometimes: There are limited direct antiviral treatment opportunities for encephalitis, specifically those caused by herpes simplex virus. For others, symptomatic supportive treatment such as controlling intracranial pressure tend to be the first line of treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more

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If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

A specialized drug: CMV encephalitis is rare and usually associated with immune impairment from a lot of different causes. A drug called gancyclovir can be effective at treating this infection. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Infection (Definition)

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