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What is the definition or description of: encephalitis?

What is the definition or description of: encephalitis?

Inflamed brain: 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. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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?

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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Inflammation Of The Brain (Definition)

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


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