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Doctor insights on: Viral Encephalitis Long Term Effects

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Are there long term affects if you recovered from viral encephalitis as a child?

Are there long term affects if you recovered from viral encephalitis as a child?

Occasionally: Some people will develop epilepsy or suffer other sequelae of the encephalitis. Most people will not have long term affects.

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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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 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.

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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?

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.

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Can you tell me how is fungal different from viral encephalitis?

Can you tell me how is fungal different from viral encephalitis?

Etiology: The symptoms of the two are similar, both manifesting as confusion, altered mental state. The etiology are different, one caused by fungal organisms and one by virus. one requires treatment of anti-fungal agents and one with anti-viral.

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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?

No.: Viral infections are generally hit and run phenomenon. You were cured once and don't have to worry again. It is possible to get another encephalitis from a different virus though. Beware of the mosquito....

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What can be done for viral encephalitis?

What can be done for viral encephalitis?

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.

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In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

In what way is fungal encephalitis different from viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: There is a big difference between the two as in one the cause is a fungal infection which can be extremely serious. The other is a viral infection and these are likely to be easier to treat with IV medications.

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How can viral encephalitis cause inflammation in the brain?

Encephalitis: Viral encephalitis is a viral infection of the brain. Brain swelling occurs due to the inflammation.

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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?

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.

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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

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

Missing information: You get more from the site when you provide better background information. Just listing "Viral" doesn't give much to work with. If it has lasted 6 mo and the patient is in the ICU I suspect it is Herpes encephalitis that has not responded to treatment and the prognosis is poor. Once the infection has lasted that long the damage is often permanent.

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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.

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Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

It depends: Certain types of encephalitis may be treated, while others cannot. One example of a treatable encephalitis is caused by herpes virus, which can be treated with an antiviral medication. Even if treated, the neurological outcomes may vary widely because of the injury to the brain caused by inflammation. It helps to know the specific cause of the encephalitis to discuss prognosis.

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What is fungal encephalitis, and how does it differ from viral and bacterial?

What is fungal encephalitis, and how does it differ from viral and bacterial?

Encephalitis: Fungal encephalitis is the the more serious of the three, occurs from a fungal infection to the brain and the treatment can be long and complex.

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I've had bacterial meningitus once and viral 3 times over 18 year time. Are there long term effects from these illnesses? Or from so many lp?

I've had bacterial meningitus once and viral 3 times over 18 year time. Are there long term effects from these illnesses? Or from so many lp?

Meningitis: Long-term complications of meningitis can include memory loss, residual headache, learning difficulties, and weakness to name a few. If you have recurrent cases of meningitis, you could have a condition called "mollaret's meningitis". For more information, talk to your doctor and visit: http://www. Meningitisfoundationofamerica. Org/templates/content-view/92/index. Html.

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What can be used to control the joint and muscle pain caused by lacrosee viral encepholitis? I was diagnosed several months back but still suffer.

What can be used to control the joint and muscle pain caused by lacrosee viral encepholitis? I was diagnosed several months back but still suffer.

Viral encephalitis: La crosse is a bunyavirus of the california group, family bunyaviridae, and an agent of bunyavirus encephalitis. Recovery is usually complete and residual effects rare. It is impossible for me to know whether your musculoskeletal symptoms are secondary to that or you had some other concomitant problem. See a rheumatologist or an infectious diseases expert.

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How long does photophobia last after encephalitis?

How long does photophobia last after encephalitis?

Depends: There is no easy answer to your question. It really depends in multiple factors, including the severity of disease, course of treatment, etc. However if your symptoms don't improve or get worse, you should get checked.

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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.

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Brain Infection (Definition)

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