encephalitis

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Dr. Atif Haque answered:

What is encephalitis?

Inflammation

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Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. This can be seen after viral infections.
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Is encephalitis genetic?

No

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Encephalitis is an inflammatory process involving the brain that is usually caused by infection, either viral or bacterial.
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Is encephalitis curable?

Possibly

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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/
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Is encephalitis treatable?

Sometimes

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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. .
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Is Encephalitis contagious?

Depends

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Infectious encephalitis caused by borelia, viruses (yellow fever, hemorrhagic fever viruses), rickettsiae are contagious, but often require the presence of a vector, usually a mosquito or a tick that will transfer the pathogen from the infected person to the healthy one.
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What is Japanese encephalitis?

Mosquito bite dz

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This is a virus transmitted by mosquito bites which causes infection of the central nervous system (brain). Symptoms include fevers, chills, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, and possibly seizure. A lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is often necessary to diagnose the disease. There is no specific treatment for this disease, but it often gets better on its own.
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Can encephalitis be seen on ct?

CT can be helpful

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Head CT can show other causes of similar symptoms, such as evidence of elevated intracranial pressure , obstructive hydrocephalus, or mass effect due to focal brain infection or bleeding. CT can also suggest some causes of encephalitis.
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Who needs encephalitis vaccine?

Nobody

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The best defense is a good organic diet and no"junk",especially the sodas and sweets.
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Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay answered:

What is West Nile encephalitis?

Virus

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It is a virus that affects the brain, spread by mosquitos.
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What is Powassan Encephalitis?

Tick-borne

This is a viral infection of the central nervous system (brain) that is contracted from the bite of a tick. Symptoms can include fever, confusion, headache, and seizures. There is no cure and most of the time it resolves on its own. A lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is often necessary to make the diagnosis.
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