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What Is Brain Infection
What causes brain infections? Would my ha's & pains n my head have something to do with brain infections i'm worried i've had mri&ct done 4mths ago
Unlikely: Brain infections are very rare but can be caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites. With normal ct and MRI it is quite unlikely you have a "brain infection" causing chronic headaches. I recommend you see a neurologist for a complete evaluation. You will have peace of mind when you have a clear diagnosis. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?
Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system.There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more
I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?
Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more
CSF tests, imaging: While there are certain blood test results or MRI findings that raise the suspicion for infection, a definitive diagnosis often requires a lumbar puncture for analysis of cerebrospinal fluid. That being said, in many cases we will treat infections empirically just based on clinical suspicion, especially if the patient is presenting with seizures or other worrisome signs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy living: Bacterial encephalitis is uncommon these days thanks to healthy living and nutrition, getting bad teeth fixed right away, and getting treated promptly for sinusitis or ear infections. Bronchitis, pneumonia, endocarditis etc can spread in the blood stream and need to be treated aggressively to avoid seeding. Viral (herpes, hiv) or fungal brain infections are special situations - ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, not always : Depends on the type of infection. A larger abscess will be detected. More diffuse infections such as meningitis may reveal characteristic suggestive of an infection. Usually need to combine clinical history, exam, blood tests, CSF analysis +/- ct/mri to make diagnosis of a brain infection. ...Read more
CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, but this not common. Evidence suggests the infection is not spread by direct extention but through the blood. Signs of brain infection include: unremitting fever, nausea, vomiting, and significant headache. In children, it is more common to have direct extension into the orbit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus infection: Will it? Probably not. Could it. Yes but this is extremely rare. See your doctor if you have persistent sinus infectious symptoms. ...Read more
Isit possible to get a brain infection if someone shuts a dirty, dust door a few inches from your face?
Virtually never: The brain is protected from infection by many barriers: the skin of the head, the skull, nasal passages have mucus, the nasal mucosa has immune system cells, and inside the head there are protective membranes. It is almost impossible to inhale something as you describe and have it get through these barriers to cause an infection in the brain. ...Read more
What steps can I take to make a sinus rinse as safe as possible? ("fatal brain infection" is freaking me out a little.)
Sinus rinse: Hello, when you are making your sinus saline solution, use distiller or boiled water. This will assure that their isn't any bacteria or microbes within the solution you are using to rinse your nose. Or you could purchase a can of saline spray in a premixed pressurized can. This also would be free of contaminants. ...Read more
Viral cultures, etc: The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more
Viral meningitis lke: The symptoms of this are probably like those of any viral meningitis, and consist of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, malaise, anorexia, abdominal pain and diarrhea. This could also have CSF lymphocytes, higher protein, and glucose. This usually just needs supportive care. If the brain itself is involved, there can be altered consciousness, seizures, and focal neurologic findings. ...Read more
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