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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Encephalopathy (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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What is postpanoxic encephalopathy?

What is postpanoxic encephalopathy?

Post-anoxic?: Post-anoxic encephalopathy occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time. There are many causes of this including when a patient suffers a cardiac arrest and survives a prolonged resuscitation attempt. Sometimes, in this case, the body survives but the brain suffers a severe injury and the patient does not awaken. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about encephalopathy?

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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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 static encephalopathy a common disease?

Description: Static=doesn't change; encephalopathy= a problem that affects the ability of the brain to function
This is a description not a disease. It is commonly used to describe the injury that causes cerebral palsy. It can also also be applied to a brain injury from trauma (car crash, fight, fall, etc.) or residual injury from an infection like meningitis. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about encephalopathy?

A lot!!: Briefly encephalopathy is a term used when the brain is affected universally by either metabolic, infective' hypoxic or toxic causes. ...Read more

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How can you heal encephalopathy naturally.?

Encephalopathy: Know of no natural treatment for this. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms common to encephalopathy?

What are the symptoms common to encephalopathy?

Any brain symptoms: Encephalopathy is a nonspecific term used for any brain disease. The term is usually preceded by adjectives that provide the specific information (e.g., hypoxic-ischemic, nutritional, etc). Confusion is probably the most common symptom that would be observed in many types of encephalopathies. ...Read more

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What exactly is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

What exactly is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

ADEM: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis is a rare autoimmune disease affecting the brain & spinal cord, damaging the myelin & destroying the white matter. Symptoms are similar to Multiple sclerosis. It usually follows viral infection or vaccination. Symptoms start with fever, headaches, drowsiness, seizures. ...Read more

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Explain what happens in postpanoxic encephalopathy?

Explain what happens in postpanoxic encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Post anoxic encephalopathy or hypoxic encephalopathy is a condition characterized by brain dysfunction caused by lack of oxygen delivery to the brain. The patient may have coma, seizures, agitation, motor, sensory, and/or cognitive impairment. Patient recovery from this state varies, but there may be significant residual neurological deficits. ...Read more

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If I develop encephalopathy, how will it be treated?

If I develop encephalopathy, how will it be treated?

Due to what?: Encephalopathy means damage to the brain and its functioning. There are numerous causes for this. Some are direct and others affect the brain by metabolic changes due to disease occurring elsewhere. Examples include infection, kidney failure, liver failure, vitamin deficiencies, drugs taken for other reasons, etc. You must know why the encephalopathy is occurring to answer this meaningfully. ...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 is the definition or description of: encephalopathy?

Generic: 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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

Terminology: Acute= happened quickly, not over a long period
disseminated= effects spread over wide area, not localized to a limited area.
Encephalopathy= damage affecting the brain
these are descriptors that describe a process. They would usually be entioned with a cause, whether infectious, toxic, or traumatic. ...Read more

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What encephalopathy unspecified means in a child 4 years old?

What encephalopathy unspecified means in a child 4 years old?

Cause unknown: There are a multitude of events/agents that can result in brain injury. These can occur during pregnancy or later but not be recognised until a kid begins to miss expected developmental milestones. In the early 80's it became apparent that more than half of kids with CP, a marker for brain injury had no known pregnancy problem. Encephalo=brain, pathy=injury, unspecified ...Read more

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What are the indications someone has wernicke's encephalopathy?

The three Ws: The classical triad of wernickes is mental status changes, gait ataxia (discoordination), and incontinence. That being said, the majority of patients with wernickes do not display this triad, and as such we will often treat them empirically with thiamine, especially if they have a history of nutritional compromise. ...Read more

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Can you explain progressive reversible encephalopathy syndrome?

Can you explain progressive reversible encephalopathy syndrome?

Allergic brain rxn: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (pres) is often only an MRI finding of increased signal in temporal, parietal, and occipital brain regions. The main correlate of pres is a history of having received immunotherapy. In association with alzheimer's trials, this is called aria for amyloid related imaging abnormalities. ...Read more

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Could you have done to test to see if you have ever had transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or if you do now, or how to recognizre it in someone?

Do not recover: You do not recover from spongiform encephalopathies (brains take on a "spongy" appearance) which are prion disease. While usually diagnosed post-mortem on autopsy, there are some diagnostic testing that can be done such as MRI, EEG, and CSF examination. Symptoms can include behavioral changes, myoclonus, seizures, etc. But these can mimic some other neurologic diseases. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of encephalopathy?

Maybe: Depends on the cause of the encephalopathy. If it was due to changes in metabolism (like cirrhosis, diabetes, etc.) then it may be quite reversible but there are some causes which may produce permanent and perhaps progressive damages. ...Read more

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What's wernicke encephalopathy?

What's wernicke encephalopathy?

Deficiency of B1: It is a neurologic syndrome caused by a deficiency of vitamin b1. It is mostly confined to those with severe malnutrition, classically patients with alcoholism. It damages areas of the brain concerned with balance, eye movements and memory so those with the syndrome have difficulty walking (ataxia) memory problems, and ey movement abnormalities. ...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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What is wernicke encephalopathy like?

What is wernicke encephalopathy like?

Confabulation: Wernicke's encephalopathy is due to a vitamin deficiency and causes a typical picture of dementia, gait problems, and confabulation which means that the patient's conversation is not based in reality and that can difficult to distinguish from psychosis. ...Read more

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Is wernicke encephalopathy a disability?

Is wernicke encephalopathy a disability?

Disability?: Yes, it can become a disability if not treated quickly. However, rapid diagnosis and treatment can lead to full recovery -- supposing the person is also able to maintain healthy intake of nutrients after the crisis. (and not go on drinking alcohol, if that's what precipitated the problem to begin with). ...Read more

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Can we give dytor if having encephalopathy?

Can we give dytor if having encephalopathy?

Yes....but......: Dytor is a diuretic used with patients with Hepatic encephalopathy. While it can be effective, the actual cause of the encephalopathy needs to be addressed. If its due to a high ammonia then lactulose can be given. But the presence of the virus itself can be the cause. Solvaldi (sobosbuvir) in combination with ledipasvir. Called Havroni is now available. It is for the treatment of Hep C. ...Read more

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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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What is posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome?

What is posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome?

Allergic brain rxn: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (pres) is often only an MRI finding of increased signal in temporal, parietal, and occipital brain regions. The main correlate of pres is a history of having received immunotherapy. In association with alzheimer's trials, this is called aria for amyloid related imaging abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is myalgic encephalopathy something physical or psychological?

Yes: Myalgic encephalopathy or chronic fatigue syndrome is probably a syndrome which has multiple causes. In addition to physical symptoms there are common psychological symptoms such as depression. Both must be treated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: wernicke encephalopathy?

Thiamine deficiency: Occurring in chronic alcoholics, chronic malnutrition, rarely during cancer chemo or pancreatitis. Symptoms include, confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, memory loss, abnormal eye movements including nystagmus and double vision, incoordination and imbalance. With prompt thiamine, symptoms may clear within a few days, but 25 % develop korsakoff's psychosis with permanent memory impairments. ...Read more

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What are the differences between encephalitis vs encephalopathies?

Fever: Encephalitis is a state of altered mental status associated with fever as well as certain findings on brain imaging and lumbar puncture. Encephalitis is often caused by an infection (bacterial, viral, parasitic) but can be due to autoimmune diseases. Encephalopathy is an altered mental status without fever that can be due to many different causes including drug effects, lack of oxygen and toxins. ...Read more

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What is that chronic encephalopathy condition of football players?

What is that chronic encephalopathy condition of football players?

Same as in boxers..: ...And soccer players: a cumulative result of many small hemorrhages and tears within the brain from repeated trauma. Can present as early parkinson's disease, memory problems, or trouble with emotional lability. ...Read more

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