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Post Viral Encephalitis Syndrome
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Is there any proper treatment for viral encephalitis with polycythemia ? Pt is 17 years old and over 6 month in icu waiting for good treatment
Herpes, CMV?: Not unless its confirmed to be herpetic or CMV I'm afraid. ...Read more
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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