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Encephalitis

Encephalitis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the brain, most often due to infections.

The full text of the New York Times page on Encephalitis can be found at their website, www.nytimes.com.

 

Copyright © NY Times | Review Date August 1st, 2012 | Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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Link: Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet

Infections, and less commonly other causes, in the brain and spinal cord can cause dangerous inflammation. This inflammation can produce a wide range of symptoms, including fever, headache, seizures, chang in behavior or confusion and, in extreme cases, can cause brain damage, stroke, or even death.

Infection of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, is called meningitis and inflammation of the brain itself is called encephalitis. Myelitis refers to inflammation of the spinal cord. When both the brain and the spinal cord are involved, the condition is called encephalomyelitis.

This link leads to a page, much like an FAQ, about Meningitis and Encephalitis which gives facts about what they are, how they are transmitted, the signs and symptoms, and many more very useful bits of information. The full “fact sheet” text can be found at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/encephalitis_meningitis/detail_encephalitis_meningitis.htm.

 

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