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Doctor insights on: Post Viral Encephalitis Syndrome

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What can be done for viral encephalitis?

What can be done for viral encephalitis?

Depends on the virus: Most cases of viral encephalitis may be minimal and clinically mild and flu-like. But herpes encephalitis and west nile could both be deadly. We have some vaccines, and also anti-viral agents, and, of course, excellent in-patient care in various hospitals. Early treatment results in more favorable outcomes. Mosquitos are often vectors. ...Read more

Dr. Tatiana Falcone
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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 ...Read more


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Are there long term affects if you recovered from viral encephalitis as a child?

Are there long term affects if you recovered from viral encephalitis as a child?

Occasionally: Some people will develop epilepsy or suffer other sequelae of the encephalitis. Most people will not have long term affects. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is fungal different from viral encephalitis?

Can you tell me how is fungal different from viral encephalitis?

Etiology: the symptoms of the two are similar, both manifesting as confusion, altered mental state. the etiology are different, one caused by fungal organisms and one by virus. one requires treatment of anti-fungal agents and one with anti-viral. ...Read more

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I'm scared my baby has contracted viral encephalitis. What should I look out for?

I'm scared my baby has contracted viral encephalitis.  What should I look out for?

Headache etc.: Headache, which in preverbal children may only result in fussiness, failure to thrive, vomiting, lethargy. Other symptoms include neck rigidity, body arching, unresponsiveness, seizures, fever, speech disturbance, hallucinations, emotional lability (outbursts). Possibilities are numerous. ...Read more

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I had a form of viral encephalitis when I was three years old, now 22 I am curious to know if I am at risk for it again now?

No.: Viral infections are generally hit and run phenomenon. You were cured once and don't have to worry again. It is possible to get another encephalitis from a different virus though. Beware of the mosquito.... ...Read more

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In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: There is a big difference between the two as in one the cause is a fungal infection which can be extremely serious. The other is a viral infection and these are likely to be easier to treat with IV medications. ...Read more

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Viral encephalitis vs meningitis which is more serious nd fatal and which can be cured to a good level after it happens? Usual recovery time?

Viral encephalitis vs meningitis which is more serious nd fatal and which can be cured to a good level after it happens? Usual recovery time?

CNS infection: This is dependent on the causative agents, the time therapy is begun, the immune status of the person infected, the therapy available and other factors. There is not a simple answer to this question. ...Read more

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How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

Good chance: Depending on the severity of the meningitis, I have found that most of my patients do very well, and have a full, or near full recovery. Occasionally, there are cases that leave behind scars that can lead to seizures, or brain injury. However, this is best answered by the neurologist or neurosurgeon that was involved with the specific case, since there can be many factors relating to outcome. ...Read more