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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Encephalopathy (Overview)

Encephalon means brain, pathy means abnormal, so the full term means abnormal brain. I see the statement used by many of my colleagues, but it is not a diagnosis, merely a generic expression.


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How does anoxic encephalopathy affect the cardiopulmonary system?

How does anoxic encephalopathy affect the cardiopulmonary system?

Variable: By definition a period of anoxia has occurred which caused tissue (brain) damage. That period of anoxia may have also caused injury to the heart muscle or the heart may have been able to rely on other metabolic pathways to supply its needs. If injured, the effect on the cvs would depend on the extent.If not, it could function normally. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
133 doctors shared insights

Encephalopathy (Overview)

Encephalon means brain, pathy means abnormal, so the full term means abnormal brain. I see the statement used by many of my colleagues, but it is not a diagnosis, merely a generic expression.


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Are there symptoms of encephalopathy?

Are there symptoms of encephalopathy?

See definition: Encephalopathy means pathology of brain. It is not a disease or specific, as it means abnormal brain. There are muliple variations depending on cause and presentation. Most common might be issues with focus, memory, and concentration. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get my husband who is deteriorating from cirrhosis & showing signs of hepatic encephalopathy to go the er, he refuses to go.

911 will help you: Please call 911 if your husband is abusive, violent, confused, incoherent, hallucinating, etc. An ambulance will come, do an initial quick review and from your description, should transport him to the er for further assessment and triage. He may need admission to hospital -- possibly will need a medical-psychiatric unit that can handle both his encephalopathy and his other behavioral issues. ...Read more

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What is the nursing diagnosis for encephalopathy?

GENERIC TERM: The meaning is nonspecific and refers to brain (encephalo), pathology (pathy). That is any brain abnormality which might be diffuse, could be labeled with term. Does not imply any causation or actual underlying diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose spongiform encephalopathy?

How do you diagnose spongiform encephalopathy?

Brain biopsy: There are new CSF markers that can be tested if the fluid is sent to the national prion surveillance lab at case western (e.g., 14-3-3 and tau) but biopsy is still more likely to be definitive. Neither 14-3-3 nor tau is completely specific for bse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Encephalopathy is a general term to refer to an injury to the brain, by trauma, infection, anoxia, bleeding among other causes. In short the brain has been injured by any of the above mechanisns, there are others but these are the most common. ...Read more

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What are the tests for wernicke encephalopathy?

What are the tests for wernicke encephalopathy?

The best test...: ...Is probably to administer a dose of thiamine (vitamin b1) -- a rapid improvement suggests that the vitamin deficiency was responsible for encephalopathy in the first place. Otherwise a combination of symptoms and risk factors (such as alcoholism) is what leads to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I know this dude who has encephalopathy. What is that?

Brain dysfunction: Encephalopathy is a general term that refers to any disturbance in brain function such as level of conciousness, attention, or orientation to time, place or person. It is often used to describe a patient who is disoriented, confused, drowsy, or agitated. This may be due to process in the brain (e.g. Stroke, tumor, hemorrhage, infection, etc) or outside the brain (e.g. Liver or renal disease, etc). ...Read more

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What causes neonatal encephalopathy?

What causes  neonatal encephalopathy?

See below:: In ne, it is not always possible to document a significant hypoxic-ischemic insult. There are potentially several other etiologies, specifically, it is important to exclude metabolic disease, infection, drug exposure, nervous system malformation and neonatal stroke as possible causes of the encephalopathy. The nature of brain injury causing neurologic impairment in a newborn is poorly understood. ...Read more

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My husband has cirrhosis, he is angry and mean is this encephalopathy from his condition what can I do, i need help!

My husband has cirrhosis, he is angry and mean is this encephalopathy from his condition what can I do, i need help!

Different issues: Some people are "mean drunks, " and this can be both dangerous and frightening to family members. If he's angry and mean, you need to get out of the house. There is help for you through domestic violence programs & shelters. Info here (also go to bottom for phone #'s): http://tinyurl.Com/nz2ad encephalopathy complicates this a lot. Call his doctor now! inpatient commitment may be needed. ...Read more

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