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Encephalitis

Encephalitis: Introduction

Encephalitis is a serious infection of the brain. This section addresses what conditions encephalitis can be a symptom or complication of. For the symptoms of encephalitis itself, see encephalitis....more »

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Causes of Encephalitis:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Encephalitis. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Encephalitis

Home medical tests possibly related to Encephalitis:

Causes of Types of Encephalitis:

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Encephalitis: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Encephalitis, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Encephalitis Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Encephalitis may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Encephalitis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Encephalitis may include:

Message Boards for Encephalitis

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Encephalitis or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Encephalitis:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Encephalitis. Some of these are listed below :

Encephalitis: Animations

Encephalitis: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Encephalitis may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Encephalitis

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Encephalitis:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Encephalitis. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Encephalitis: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Encephalitis

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was initially misdiagnosed as a "nervous breakdown" and other mental...read more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can...read more »

Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild ...read more »

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true of mild traumatic brain injury ...read more »

Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed. It may be...read more »

Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return. A variety of symptoms can occur in post...read more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also...read more »

Encephalitis: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Encephalitis: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Encephalitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Encephalitis listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Encephalitis as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Encephalitis

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. There are many types of encephalitis, most of which are caused by viral infection. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page: NINDS)

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. There are many types of encephalitis, most of... (Source: excerpt from NINDS Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Encephalitis:

Inflammation of the arachnoid membrane and adjacent subarachnoid space. (On-line Medical Dictionary)
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Inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)
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Inflammation of the brain due to infection, autoimmune processes, toxins, and other conditions; viral infections are a relatively frequent cause of this condition.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Encephalitis:

The list of organs typically affected by Encephalitis may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Encephalitis

The list below shows some of the causes of Encephalitis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Encephalitis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Encephalitis. Of the 137 causes of Encephalitis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 6 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 30 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 111 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Encephalitis:

The following list of conditions have 'Encephalitis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Encephalitis:

The following list of medical conditions have Encephalitis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Encephalitis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Encephalitis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Encephalitis?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Encephalitis, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Encephalitis:

    Leptomeningitis, Meningitis, Meningo-encephalitis, Arachnoiditis
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Encephalitis:

    Subtypes of Encephalitis:

    Meningoencephalitis (69 causes), Brain infection (16 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Encephalitis:

    Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Inflammatory symptoms (1736 causes), Infection-related symptoms (1293 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes)

    Symptoms related to Encephalitis:

    Meningitis (160 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Brain inflammation, Fever (2274 causes), Headache (2433 causes), Confusion (780 causes), Seizures (2418 causes), Drowsiness (1139 causes), Vomiting (2819 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

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