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what is limbic encephalitis and does it ever go away ?

I have this and cannot remember simple things - cannot drive ,work,or be by myself. I am 58 year old, I am under a neurologist care.

Encephalitis literally means an inflammation of the brain, but it usually refers to brain inflammation caused by a virus. Wrapped around the brain stem is the “limbic brain” or intermediate brain. It includes the hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus and amygdala which are involved in memory and much of the behaviour related to sex, hormones, food, fight or flight responses, the perception of pleasure and competition with others. The limbic brain is the seat of higher emotions including the protection of the young and feelings such as love, sadness and jealousy. The major part of the brain is the neocortex, the rational brain. The neocortical brain provides logic and thought. It is the seat of processes such as speaking, planning and writing. Limbic encephalitis, implies inflammation in the limbic system. It is therefore an anatomical diagnosis and not all cases share the same cause. All types of encephalitis fall into 2 main categories - Infectious encephalitis – which is caused by direct invasion of the brain by an infectious agent, usually a virus; and auto-immune encephalitis – which is caused by the persons own immune system reacting against itself. You state that you are under the care of a neurologist and, as such, you would be advised to consult with him or her to discuss your concerns.


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How long could swelling last with hsv encephalitis?

We recently had a prognosis of hsv encephalitis. Still hospitalized and on day 14 of Acyclovior, clinically showing improvment. We have had several MRIs and EEG, seems like the EEGs are getting somewhat better, but the MRI still shows no change. How long could we expect swelling to remain?

There is no answer.
every case is entirely indiviual.
I've seen one case where the patient was copmpletely better in a week. And other cases where the person never came out of a coma.

I have one case in the hospital right now - it's been one week, and no useful movement.

Best advice - wait one month - expect that by one month you'll have about 90% of the recovery that will ever occur.

It's just a waiting game - there is no way for anyone to tell you when the patient is going to get better - or IF he's going to get better.  (+ info)

How many doses of Japanese encephalitis vaccine should I have?

I am going to India in a few weeks time and was told I will need immunising against japanese encephalitis. I have had two doses of the vaccine and have an appointment tomorrow for the 3rd dose, but I was wondering if it is really worth having the 3rd dose? Is it safe to just have two doses? As I heard somewhere that 2 doses gives you about 80% protection and that 3 doses doesn't even give 100 % protection anyway.



Please refer to above web site for details

The best schedule is 3 doses of 1 ml of vaccine on days 0,7, and 30
Another wschedule is 0,7,14

But the minimum possible is
1st dose= day 0
The next dose should be at least 10 days before travel , but 7 days after the first making a 2 dose schedule'
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What common drugs currently used to treat Encephalitis?

Also is it a vaccine? what other info are scientists useing to fight Encephalitis?

For herpes simplex encephalitis, acyclovir is used. For most other viruses, specific treatment is not available. General measures include anticonvulsants, antipyretics, looking after nutrition and hydration, preventing bed sores, etc.  (+ info)

Are all the poeple infected with herpes died of Encephalitis?

Are we all people infected with herpes, are going to die of Encephalitis?

Thank you.

Nope. Your immune system gets better at suppressing the virus the longer you have it. Unless your immune system is incredibly weak (like if you have both AIDS and herpes) or you get a raging case of herpes in your old age, it's not worth worrying about.  (+ info)

What type of epilepsy can result from encephalitis?

Since epileptic seizures can result from different areas of the brain, I was wondering which areas (maybe all?) were more prone to developing epilepsy as a result of encephalitis...I was particularly wondering if encephalitis could affect the temperal lobe.......thanks

I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but I have a related question. In addition to epilepsy, I have arrested hydrocephalus. I was wondering if they could be related. Maybe an answer to my question will give you an insight into yours.

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Steroids and affect on limbic system?

I am planning on doing my first cycle soon. I have read that steroids in animal studies have shown to impair the limbic system which controls learning and memory?

Does anybody know if this affect on learning and memory is true or have any experience taking steroids and doing school?

I am not asking of your opinion on steroids.

I think your whole brain capacity improves initially after an injection of testosterone. but when testosterone levels begin to drop, your body attempts to deal with the change, and that's when memory relapses can occur.
Don't listen to the guy above me. Aggression wise, if your not naturally an aggressive person they wont affect that area much. Just reduce your tolerance to bs lol, but nothing like rage or anything like that.  (+ info)

can you get encephalitis from a mosquito who has bitten someone with herpes?

because herpes and encephalitis are caused by the same virus. and you get encephalitis from mosquitoes. so, if a mosquito bit a person with genital herpes, then bit someone else, could they transfer the virus and give the second person encephalitis?

No. Not related. Encephalitis attacks the brain. Causes coma, high fever and could cause death. There has been no documented transfer of herpes via mosquito. Had a nephew who contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)and we learned a lot about that and other diseases transmitted by bugs. Herpes also has to be in a contagious state , for the most part, to contract that disease. If in doubt, contact the hospital, free clinic or CDC. They all have web pages to answer this type of question. Tagger  (+ info)

Is it possible to have a VERY MILD case of Encephalitis or Meningitis in the past, and not know it?

Is it possible to have a VERY MILD case of Encephalitis or Meningitis in the past, and not know it? If so, will it show up in some bloodwork later in life, or once its gone, is there a way to see if you had it in the past?
I know both are extremely dangerous and can make you terribly ill or they can even be fatal, but is it possible to have had a very mild case of either, and not know what it was?
I hope I explained this good enough. Thank you in advance.

I do not believe that it is possible to tell after the illness has passed. In Meningitis, the way to tell if there is an active infection is with a spinal tap to look for the presence of the bacteria or virus in the spinal fluid. With illnesses like chicken pox, there is a test that can be performed that looks for specific antibodies -- that's how you can tell if you've had it in the past. Meningitis is not one of those 'get it once' type of illnesses. Although less than 2% of those ever infected get it again, it's a luck of the draw. I know; I've had it twice.  (+ info)

Is it true that coma due to encephalitis can be reversible, meaning patients can wake up after some time?

My grandpa has been in a coma due to encephalitis for more than 5 months now, the doctors couldn't figure out the virus that is causing it and recently, he got transferred back to home but still remain unconscious.His eyes move a bit whenever we talk to him but thats about it.Is that any chances that he can wake up someday?

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