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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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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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What are the tests for encephalitis?

What are the tests for encephalitis?

Encephalitis tests: The tests for encephalitis vary depending upon the suspected etiology. The diagnosis may be made based upon history, physical examination, blood tests that can include testing for specific antibodies or polymerase chain reaction, evaluation of cerebral spinal fluid, and possibly neuroimaging with MRI of brain and electroencephalogram. ...Read more

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How common is encephalitis in the us?

Encephalitis: There are numerous types of encephalitis. Please tell me which type of encephalitis that is concerning you and i can provide you with a more detailed answer, thank you! ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of encephalitis?

What are main symptoms of encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Headache confusion and altered mental status. A medical emergency! ...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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Can you get encephalitis from a mosquito?

Rarely: Some of the more unusual encephalitides can be transmitted by means of a mosquito. ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more

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What happens when someone has encephalitis?

What happens when someone has encephalitis?

Encephalitis : Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain typically caused by a viral infection. Signs and symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, weakness, trouble walking, confusion or agitation, seizures, coma, and paralysis. Treatment is supportive and depends upon the cause and course of illness. Outcome varies. ...Read more

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What are the manifestations of encephalitis?

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Encephalitis: Most viral encephalitis show none or few mild flu-like symptoms such as fever & headaches & fatigue & muscle/joint aches. More severe cases also show confusion, agitation, delirium, seizures, muscle weakness, double vision, smell/speech/hearing problems, loss of consciousness. Infants & young kids may also show stiffness, nausea, vomiting, irritability, constant crying, poor feeding. ...Read more