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Can steroids help reduce swelling caused by encephalitis?

Can steroids help reduce swelling caused by encephalitis?

Yes, sometimes: Encephalitis (brain swelling) may be mild to severe. Active medical management is required in both the diagnosis and treatment of the problem. Steroids are sometimes used, as they are a very useful at reducing inflammation. Though they are not used for all patients who present with encephalitis, they are part of many treatment regimens. ...Read more

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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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My endo said my graves disease may have caused my brain to swell with symptoms that mimic encephalitis. He has prescribed me steroids. Correct dx?

My endo said my graves disease may have caused my brain to swell with symptoms that mimic encephalitis.  He has prescribed me steroids. Correct dx?

Cannot diagnose: Your endocrinologist is certainly operating from a better prospectus than we could, not having examined you and not having access to the results of studies run. If you have serious questions about the diagnosis and treatment would strongly suggest getting a second opinion from somebody who can evaluate you in person. Good luck. ...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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Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Crystal ball: Unconsciousness refers to a state of being which has multiple causes. Most commonly, we are unconscious when we sleep & recover normally every morning. Brain swelling can be relieved surgically or w/drugs. It's possible to recover uneventfully from a bleeding in brain but too many variables eg how much & where, to predict recovery w/o evaluating patient. In other words, ask patient's doctor. ...Read more

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How long will swelling last with HSV encephalitis?

Encephalitis : The swelling associated with encephalitis may last approximately one to two weeks. There may be long term neurological issues that persist even after the swelling abates. ...Read more

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Is altered conscious or coma do to encephalitis guaranteed to be permanent? Or can a person possibly regain consciousness again once swelling clears?

Is altered conscious or coma do to encephalitis guaranteed to be permanent? Or can a person possibly regain consciousness again once swelling clears?

Depends: When the inflammation of an encephalitis is bad enough to induce coma, it is serious & the outcome uncertain.However, with some infectious agents the swelling will eventually clear & normal or near normal function is possible.From that aspect recovery depends on how much actual brain injury is triggered by the germ.If it is just swelling and that is aggressively managed damage may be minimal. ...Read more

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Encephalitis, can you tell me if swelling will show on the MRI scan?

Encephalitis, can you tell me if swelling will show on the MRI scan?

Encephalitis: MRI's are normally quite sensitive in showing radiological changes in the brain in a patient with encephalitis. While not a 100% positive they are normally quite sensitive, especially to any form of swelling. ...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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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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more