Encephalitis

Paul Lewis, Carol A. Glaser

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Abstract

Encephalitis is an uncommon and disturbing illness whose cause often remains enigmatic despite extensive diagnostic efforts. Clinicians should focus on testing for treatable and common causes; empiric therapy for bacterial meningitis and herpes simplex encephalitis should be started while awaiting results. Many patients will not receive a specific causative diagnosis, and the composition and duration of therapy should be decided in consultation with neurology and infectious disease specialists. Regardless of whether a specific cause is found, supportive care and early referral for rehabilitation maximize functional recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-357
Number of pages11
JournalPediatrics in Review
Volume26
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Lewis, P., & Glaser, C. A. (2005). Encephalitis. Pediatrics in Review, 26(10), 347-357.