Symptoms of Encephalitis


General information about symptoms of Encephalitis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Encephalitis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Encephalitis. Furthermore, symptoms of Encephalitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Encephalitis.

List of symptoms of Encephalitis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Encephalitis includes:

Symptoms of Encephalitis: Symptoms include sudden fever, headache, vomiting, photophobia (abnormal visual sensitivity to light), stiff neck and back, confusion, drowsiness, clumsiness, unsteady gait, and irritability. Symptoms that require emergency treatment include loss of consciousness, poor responsiveness, seizures, muscle weakness, sudden severe dementia, memory loss, withdrawal from social interaction, and impaired judgement. 1

Meningitis and encphalitis headaches are caused by infections of meninges-the brain's outer covering-and in encephalitis, inflammation of the brain itself. 2

More symptoms of Encephalitis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Encephalitis, underlying causes of Encephalitis, associated conditions for Encephalitis, risk factors for Encephalitis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from NINDS Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Headache - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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