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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 by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. What symptoms of encephalitis do you have?

    Why: encephalitis can present in many ways, depending partly on the organism responsible. Possible symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck irritability, drowsiness, vomiting, seizures and sometimes psychiatric symptoms such as hallucinations.

  2. What is the age of the person?

    Why: more difficult to diagnose in children e.g. symptoms in infants include fever, pallor, vomiting, lethargy, refusing to feed, bulging fontanelle, neck stiffness.

  3. Have you had a recent viral infection?

    Why: e.g. post-infectious encephalitis may occur up to 14 days after infection with measles, varicella zoster (chicken pox), rubella, mumps and influenza. Other more rare causes include Rabies, polio and HIV.

  4. Have you had measles in the past?

    Why: Measles may also cause a sub-acute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) about 6 years after the original infection with slow deterioration leading to death.

  5. Have you got a bacterial infection else-where?

    Why: Bacterial cause (especially Staphlococcus aureus) is usually secondary to a pus infection elsewhere e.g. abscess.

  6. Have you recently been bitten by mosquitoes?

    Why: may suggest St Louis encephalitis virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Western equine encephalitis (WEE), Japenese B encephalitis, Lyme disease.

  7. Immunization history?

    Why: rarely an Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis may follow after immunization against rabies, influenza or pertussis.

  8. Sexual history?

    Why: may help determine risk of neurosyphilis as a non- pus forming bacterial encephalitis; The immunocompromised patient with AIDS is susceptible to a variety of infectious agents that can attack the central nervous system e.g. most commonly herpes simplex virus and cytomegalovirus.

  9. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. if traveled to Far East the Japanese B arbovirus is a more usual and epidemic cause of severe encephalitis, with a high mortality.

  10. Symptoms of Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADE)?

    Why: e.g. usually same symptoms as acute viral encephalitis but may have more focal neurological symptoms such as limb weakness or numbness due to added focal brain stem and/or spinal cord lesions.

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.


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