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Definition of «Encephalitis»


Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis occurs, for example, in 1 in 1,000 cases of measles. It may start (up to 3 weeks) after onset of the measles rash and present with high fever, convulsions, and coma. It usually runs a blessedly short course with full recovery within a week. Or it may eventuate in central nervous system impairment or death.

Encephalitis can cause brain damage, which may result in or exacerbate the symptoms of a developmental disorder or mental illness. The form called encephalitis lethargica ("sleeping sickness") results in a set of Parkinson's disease-like symptoms called postencephalitic parkinsonianism. In some cases encephalitis causes death. Treatment of encephalitis must begin as early as possible to avoid potentially serious and life-long effects. Depending on the cause of the inflammation, this may include antibiotics, anti-viral medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs. If brain damage results from encephalitis, therapy (such as physical therapy or cognitive restoration therapy) may help patients regain lost functions.

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  • encephalitis: Definition from Answers.com

    Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary ( ĕn-sĕf ' ə-lī ' tĭs ) n. Inflammation of the brain. encephalitic en·ceph ' a·lit ' ic ( -lĭt ' ĭk ) adj.

  • Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is a rare brain inflammation caused by a virus. The best way to avoid encephalitis is to prevent the illnesses that may lead to it.

  • Encephalitis - MayoClinic.com - Mayo Clinic

    Encephalitis — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition.

  • Encephalitis - PubMed Health - National Center for ...

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

  • Encephalitis

    Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain parenchyma, presents as diffuse and/or focal neuropsychological dysfunction.