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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. Amandeep Kaur
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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 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

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Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection. Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve. ...Read more

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Hw long brain swelling aftr japanese encephalitis takes to cure & whn cn v expect maximum recovery? Viral encephalitis is less serious thn bacterial?

Japanese encephaliti: This very severe disease has a better than 30% mortality rate and a 30% incidence of neurological dysfunction after recovery. Severity of both depend upon the particular organism causing the brain inflammation. ...Read more

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Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

It depends: Certain types of encephalitis may be treated, while others cannot. One example of a treatable encephalitis is caused by herpes virus, which can be treated with an antiviral medication. Even if treated, the neurological outcomes may vary widely because of the injury to the brain caused by inflammation. It helps to know the specific cause of the encephalitis to discuss prognosis. ...Read more

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What is fungal encephalitis, and how does it differ from viral and bacterial?

Encephalitis: Fungal encephalitis is the the more serious of the three, occurs from a fungal infection to the brain and the treatment can be long and complex. ...Read more

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What can be used to control the joint and muscle pain caused by lacrosee viral encepholitis? I was diagnosed several months back but still suffer.

What can be used to control the joint and muscle pain caused by lacrosee viral encepholitis? I was diagnosed several months back but still suffer.

Viral encephalitis: La crosse is a bunyavirus of the california group, family bunyaviridae, and an agent of bunyavirus encephalitis. Recovery is usually complete and residual effects rare. It is impossible for me to know whether your musculoskeletal symptoms are secondary to that or you had some other concomitant problem. See a rheumatologist or an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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My daughter had encephalitis. Cause for this is group a streptococcus. Aso test showed 908 lu/ml. Whether it could be pandas syndrome?

PANDAS syndrome: This rare pediatric condition producing neuropsychiatric symptoms in association with group a beta-strep infections has been well described, except that causality does not seem to have been proven. Whether your daughter's encephalitis was due to gabs infection is questionable, but a good pediatric infectious diseases expert may help explain this for you. Complex. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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How long do you treat encephalitis?

How long do you treat encephalitis?

Viral encephalitis: Most cases of encephalitis are viral in origin. Except for herpes virus encephalitis, there are no medications that are useful. Treatment continuesfor as long as the patient has symptoms. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about encephalitis?

Viral brain infectio: Encephalitis is an infection and inflammation of the. brain substance itself. It is usually viral in nature but can be caused by other agents and autoimmune disorders. The severity varies with the agent, for instance virus causing the infection, from mild, accompanying mumps to severe when caused by herpes simplex virus, eastern equine or any of many other viruses ...Read more

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Symptoms a 2 month old has of encephalitis?

Neonate encephalitis: Neonatal encephalitis is often characterized by symptoms of central nervous system dysfunction. An infant with neonatal encephalopathy may exhibit abnormal level of consciousness, seizures, tone and reflex abnormalities, apnea, and feeding difficulties. This is often caused by herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more