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Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Depends of type
Herpes encephalitis can be modified by the use of acyclovir.
Other viral infections can be modified by immunization and anti-viral agents. Most cases can recover on their own without the need for specific treatment. Good supportive care and treatment of possible bacterial infection is needed as well as prevention of complications. Vaccines for contacts may avoid other cases.

In brief: Depends of type
Herpes encephalitis can be modified by the use of acyclovir.
Other viral infections can be modified by immunization and anti-viral agents. Most cases can recover on their own without the need for specific treatment. Good supportive care and treatment of possible bacterial infection is needed as well as prevention of complications. Vaccines for contacts may avoid other cases.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
The etiology (cause) of encephalitis will be paramount in the decision of what treatment to institute.
If it is caused by infection, antibiotics will be administered. Autoimmune diseases will be treated accordingly (steroids for example). If it doesn't have an identifiable cause, then supportive treatment may be all that is done until one is identified.

In brief: Yes
The etiology (cause) of encephalitis will be paramount in the decision of what treatment to institute.
If it is caused by infection, antibiotics will be administered. Autoimmune diseases will be treated accordingly (steroids for example). If it doesn't have an identifiable cause, then supportive treatment may be all that is done until one is identified.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Thank
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