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College student. Derealization after a drinking binge 10 days ago. Could this be a metabolic encephalopathy instead? Or just my body adjusting back?

College student. Derealization after a drinking binge 10 days ago. Could this be a metabolic encephalopathy instead? Or just my body adjusting back?

Encephalopathy: Being intoxicated with alcohol is a form of "encephalopathy." it deranges metabolic systems such as liver function too. If using additional drugs like marijuana & others, your situation is even more complex. It would also not be uncommon for recovery to take awhile if you "binge" regularly. If concerned, please see your doctor or go to your college's student health service. ...Read more

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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Would spray painting in a garage with little to no ventilation in a 3 month duration totaling 6-7 cans be enough to cause toxic encephalopathy?

Would spray painting in a garage with little to no ventilation in a 3 month duration totaling 6-7 cans be enough to cause toxic encephalopathy?

Probably not, but...: In reality, there is no answer... because there are too many variables. For example, spraying 6-7 cans in a 3-month period (91 days) could mean spraying 1/14 of a can each day for 91 days. A person could spray 1/14 of a can every day while not inhaling, and be just fine. As one can see, there is no meaningful answer without exact details. A patient should see his primary care doctor if worried. ...Read more

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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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Is static encephalopathy a common disease?

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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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 is the definition or description of: wernicke encephalopathy?

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 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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What are the common presenting symptoms of wernicke encephalopathy?

Wernicke's: Wernicke's encephalopathy is a serious neurologic disorder related to thiamine deficiency, and seen frequently in chronic alcoholics. The presenting triad of symptoms is confusion, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia (inability to move the eyes). In advanced cases you might also see memory loss and confabulation -- the person fills in what isn't recalled, with stories that could sound okay, but aren't. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about Wernickes encephalopathy? Is it dangerous?

Could be !: It is due to vitamin (THIAMIN) deficiency If left untreated could be dangerpous ...Read more

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Is encephalopathy the same as autism?

Term definitions: The term encephalopathy is a broad label meaning something that is producing damage to the nervous system.It implies an active process like encephalitis or degenerative disease. Autism is a label used for a pattern of behaviors.It implies areas of poor functioning in the nervous system. ...Read more

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Has anyone survived hepatic encephalopathy?

Sure !: The encephalopathy can be treated by the treatment of liver failure and depeding on the cause and the state of the disorder can be reversed. ...Read more

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Wernicke encephalopathy disability treatable?

Wernicke encephalopathy disability treatable?

Yes: If diagnosed before permanent damage the disease is easily treatable with b1 vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

What are the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy?

Encephalopathy: Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy may be mild at first then become severe. Mild symptoms may include mood changes, mild confusion, forgetfulness, and changes in sleep, while more severe symptoms may include agitation, disorientation or severe confusion, abnormal movements, sleepiness, and slurred speech. Patients may progress to coma and death in the most severe cases. ...Read more

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What is hepatic encephalopathy and how bad is it?

HEPATIC ENCEPHALPATH: Hepatic encephalopathy is another description of hepatic coma and it is very very serious condition and can be fatal.It is caused by liver failure due to chronic liver disease, commonest of that is alcoholic cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What causes the development of spongiform encephalopathy?

What causes the development of spongiform encephalopathy?

Prions: Prions are small abnormal proteins that can be transmitted by eating certain types of foods which usually contain parts of the central nervous system (i.e. The brain). The prions cause a reaction in the brain of the consumer which affect other normal proteins which leads to brain damage and progressive neuro-degeneration. ...Read more

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What causes spongiform encephalopathy in a healthy person?

What causes spongiform encephalopathy in a healthy person?

Several types: There are types thought to be transmissible via a protein known as a prion and others that are inherited or by a gene mutation. There is some thought that there may be infectious agent other than a prion. The most known via media exposure has been mad cow disease which is thought to be transmitted to humans if contaminated beef is consumed. ...Read more

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Can transmissible spongiform encephalopathy be contracted?

Can transmissible spongiform encephalopathy be contracted?

Yes: Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy is caused by an infectious protein called prion. It can be transmitted through blood products or eating contaminated food or inflected organs such as brains. ...Read more