Encephalopathy: is it the cause of “severe mental illness”?

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Encephalopathy /ɛnˌsɛfəˈlɒpəθi/ means disorder or disease of the brain.[1] In modern usage, encephalopathy does not refer to a single disease, but rather to a syndrome of global brain dysfunction; this syndrome can have many different organic and inorganic causes.


In some contexts it refers to permanent (or degenerative)[2] brain injury, and in others it is reversible. It can be due to direct injury to the brain, or illness remote from the brain. In medical terms it can refer to a wide variety of brain disorders with very different etiologies, prognoses and implications. For example, prion diseases, all of which cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are invariably fatal, but other encephalopathies are reversible and can have a number of causes including nutritional deficiencies and toxins.


There are many types of encephalopathy. Some examples include:

Signs and symptoms

The hallmark of encephalopathy is an altered mental state.

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Rasmussen’s encephalitis

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At the age of just three, six-year-old Cameron Mott developed a devastating and progressive brain disorder called Rasmussen’s encephalitis. This rare disease attacks the right side of the sufferer’s brain, causing a rapid decline in mental faculties and, if left untreated, eventually leading to partial paralysis. Cameron’s condition has left her with extreme epilepsy. Her daily life is plagued by sudden and frequent fits forcing her to wear a protective helmet at all times. She is only free from the fits for a precious 30 minutes at the beginning of every day, before she collapses and falls victim once more to the relentless cycle of seizures.

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Survivor of Encephalitis tells his story

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A face-to-face interview with Steve Taylor, who contracted the virus glandular fever which travelled to his brain causing encephalitis. Most people do not survive this disease. We talked to Steve about his life coping with this disease, and how it’s important to live our lives to the fullest, and be as happy as possible, with the right attitude.


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Encephalitis – a survivor and her doctor interviewed on BBC

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BBC Radio Merseyside’s Tony Snell interviews Cheryl, a patient who recovered from the devastating brain infection, encephalitis, . Cheryl is joined by with her mother Karen, and their doctor Professor Tom Solomon of the Walton NeuroCentre NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. The Walton NeuroCentre is one of Merseyside’s “Famous Five” NHS Specialist Trusts, and provides care for 3.5 million adults across Cheshire & Mersyside and North Wales in the UK.
see http://www.BrainInfectionsUK.Org and http://www.Encephalitis.Info and http://www.thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk across Cheshire & Mersyside and North Wales in the UK.


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