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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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 neurons of the brain.

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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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Inflammation Of The Brain (Definition)

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

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