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diagnosed with viral encephalitis of the brain?

has any one been diagnosed with viral encephilitis of the brain? If so how did you get over it? what meds did you take? please help.

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The viral disease called Encephalitis affects which part of the body?

Brain - inflammation. very nasty  (+ info)

what type of organism is viral encephalitis?

we have to do a science project concerning this disease and our teacher wants us to find out what kind of organism it is. if anybody knows that would be a great help, or just explaining what that means also would be greatly apprecaited

Viral encephalitis is a disease that mainly affects the brain, causing acute inflammation. As the name implies, it's caused by a virus, such as Herpes Simplex virus (HSV).
Viral encephalitis can be due either to the direct effects of an acute infection, or as one of the sequelae of a latent infection.
U can read more about it here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encephalitis  (+ info)

Fungal Encephalitis, what is it and how does it differ from viral and bacterial? I only want info on fungal.?

I had fungal encephalitis about ten years ago and am wondering about the effects of it, not what caused it. I already know that it was Naegleria Fowleri or some other fungai. I've looked around and found only very small references to it including that only 6 recorded cases survived and that it is usually found in autopsy. Why is it deadlier than viral? The exact type of encephalitis was microencephalitis. NOT meningo, micro. Why have so few survived? Please, help answer my questions.
Part of what I want to know is if I could help researchers looking into the effects of microencephalitis.
I wish I knew more from the time it happened. But the year afterwards is a blank...

Naegleria fowleri is a free living amoeba typically found in warm fresh water, from 25-35 degrees Celsius in an amoeboid or temporary flagellate stage. It belongs among a group called the Percolozoa or Heterolobosea. In humans, N. fowleri can become pathogenic, causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM or PAME), a syndrome affecting the central nervous system, characterized by changes in olfactory perception (taste and smell), followed by vomiting, nausea, fever, headache, and the rapid onset of coma and death.

PAM usually occurs in healthy children or young adults with no prior history of immunocompromisation who have recently been exposed to bodies of fresh water. N. fowleri invades the central nervous system via penetration of the olfactory mucosa and nasal tissues, resulting in significant necrosis of and hemorrhaging in the olfactory bulbs. From there, amoebae climb along nerve fibers through the floor of the cranium and into the brain. Amphotericin B is currently the most effective known pharmacologic treatment for N. fowleri, but the prognosis remains bleak for those that contract PAM, as only eight patients have survived in a clinical setting. Amphotericin B devastates N. fowleri organisms in laboratory settings, and is the preferred choice in N. fowleri treatment, in addition to systemic rifampicin. A more aggressive antibody serum-based treatment is being pursued, and may eventually prove more effective than modern broad-spectrum antibiotic targeting. At this time, though, timely diagnosis remains a very significant impediment to the successful treatment of infection, as most cases have only been appreciated post-mortem.

N. fowleri can be grown in several kinds of liquid axenic media or on non-nutrient agar plates coated with bacteria. Detection in water is performed by centrifuging a water sample with Escherichia coli added, and then applying the pellet to a non-nutrient agar plate. After several days the plate is microscopically inspected and Naegleria cysts are identified by their morphology. Final confirmation of the species' identity can be performed by various molecular or biochemical methods.  (+ info)

Gah! Can cold sores cause viral encephalitis?

I was browsing through answers through cold sore related questions when one guy said that it could cause viral encephalitis which is inflammation of the brain cause by a viral infection. Is this true? The guy also said it was rare, but how rare?
Jeez look up viral encephalitis first person who posted, it isn't always contracted from a mosquito it could be syphilis or a bunch of other VIRAL INFECTIONS too.

yes herpes (which is what a cold sore is) can go to the brain. i am not sure if it is the viral encephalitis you speak of but herpes can go to the brain. It can cause death. It is very rare. your main concern should be your eyes. touching the sore and then your eye. the eye is the most absorbant part of your body and as such is the most positive entry point for picking up infection.

also watch the privates of your partner.

ADDITIONAL: while i was trying to find a link to put on here i was reading something that struck me as funny. one article said it was a myth that you could get herpes off a toilet seat, but a bit farther in the article it said not to use a towel after someone who was having a breakout as it could be spread that way?!!! if you can get it off a towel why not a toilet seat?  (+ info)

Preventive measures on a patient diagnosed with viral encephalitis to second degree parkinsonism?

aside from the question above.
with regards to the behaviour? how could you help the a person with such diagnosis? - physically, mentally and emotionally

or the individuals around him must adjust for him?

asocial behaviour/speech problems? i know this may occur on the patient later on - is constant acquaintances with other individuals helps lower the asocial aspect? or is it just on the state of the mind that hinders the patient on recovering for himself?

thank you!

chek www.planetayurveda.com and write to [email protected] for free ayurvedic consultation  (+ info)

Info on Viral encephalitis?

My sons father in law , age 47 and usually very healthy has come down with viral encephalitis. It looks really bad, unresponsive for 4 days now running a very high fever (pnumonia too). Just would like to know if anyone can give us some info on this desease and its outcome. Also any prayers for Gary would be appreciated.

Encephalitis is a rare but potentially life-threatening inflammation of the brain that can occur in people of all ages. The most common cause of encephalitis is infection by a virus.

Human Herpesvirus 1 (Herpes Simplex 1 Virus)
Any of 350 different arboviruses Poxvirus
Enteroviruses (polio, Coxsackie, ECHO) Adenovirus
Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Most people exposed to encephalitis-causing viruses have no symptoms. Others may experience a mild flu-like illness, but do not develop full-blown encephalitis.

In severe cases, the infection can have devastating effects, including:
Swelling of the brain ( cerebral edema )
Bleeding within the brain ( intercerebral hemorrhage)
Nerve damage
The damage may cause long-term cognitive or physical problems, depending on the specific areas of the brain affected.

There is no specific treatment. Accordingly, supportive care is of paramount importance, requiring devoted attention to the airway, bladder function, fluid and electrolyte balance, nutrition, prevention of bed sores, secondary pulmonary infection, and hyperpyrexia.

Prognosis : not so good. Sorry.

I'll pray for him.
God bless.  (+ info)

viral encephalitis?

I got viral encephalitis and had 7 gran mal seizures in the early part of september, docs have no idea what type, why, or where i got it. slight brain damage to the lower part of brain that controlls balance, everything seems ok now. But i'd like to know what are the chances of getting it again since i've had it once before? Could there be lasting side effects that they(docs)just don't see?

Getting it again is theoretically possible, but the chances are remote. Complications include epilepsy, impairment of cognition and learning ability, weakness of limbs, paralysis of cranial nerves. Hydrocephalus or water on the brain can also occur.  (+ info)

Anyone have viral encephalitis and get epilepsy, then get better??

My mom was FINALLY diagnosed with epilepsy due to viral encephalitis after months of wondering what was wrong with her. We all thought she had dementia. Well, they said that she had encephalitis, but it went away on it's own before anyone even knew. They said she has some lesions on her brain from the encephalitis which is causing the epilepsy. They have started treating her epilepsy, but I am wondering if most of the dementia symptoms will go away once the medicine kicks in or are they more likely caused by the lesions themselves? I just want to know if my mom will ever be like herself again. And she is so depressed because she feels helpless. This is just so terrible.

Contact your local epilepsy foundation, I am speaking to you as both an employee and a client of the foundation. They have access to learned professionals that can give you the best information available.

They will also be able to provide her with psychological support and teach her about how to best deal with the condition.

Please find out if the lesions are operable or not and post a followup question. That would be a really big deal. Good luck.  (+ info)

Viral encephalitis? Or something else?

After getting over pneumonia, I began getting flu-like symptoms.. low fever, headache, body aches, etc. At first I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and put on Augmentin, which did nothing. Two weeks ago, I went to a neurologist and was diagnosed with secondary viral encephalitis (from the pneumonia) and given prednisone (60 mg X 5, 40 mg X 3, 20 mg X 2) .. I've also been taking vicodin throughout to treat the pain.
I just took my last dose of prednisone and have yet to get any relief. I go back to the doctor on Thursday, but any ideas of what else this could be? Or if my dosage just wasn't strong enough?


your spinal tap results are available within 2 hours of the procedure. continue to lay flat and the doctor will inform you. do exactly as the doc orders, including all follow up appointments.  (+ info)

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