Viral encephalitis

Etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and management

Sergio Ferrari, Antonio Toniolo, Salvatore Monaco, Filippo Luciani, Francesca Cainelli, Andreina Baj, Zelalem Temesgen, Sandro Vento

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Abstract

Viral encephalitis is worldwide spread pathology with high morbidity and mortality. Its incidence is higher in children. Enteroviruses, varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex viruses are the most frequent agents. However, in spite of the use of modern microbiological and radiological methods, an etiological diagnosis is reached in less than 50% of cases, making a careful differential diagnosis with non viral brain diseases imperative. Pathogenesis is elusive and therapy continues to remain supportive in almost all cases, as the only virus-directed treatment is available for herpesvirus-related encephalitis and a role for steroids continues to be debated. Novel and more targeted therapies are eagerly needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Infectious Diseases Journal
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Viral Encephalitis
Human Herpesvirus 3
Enterovirus
Herpesviridae
Brain Diseases
Virus Diseases
Encephalitis
Simplexvirus
Differential Diagnosis
Therapeutics
Steroids
Pathology
Viruses
Morbidity
Mortality
Incidence

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  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology

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Viral encephalitis : Etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and management. / Ferrari, Sergio; Toniolo, Antonio; Monaco, Salvatore; Luciani, Filippo; Cainelli, Francesca; Baj, Andreina; Temesgen, Zelalem; Vento, Sandro.

In: Open Infectious Diseases Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2009, p. 1-12.

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Ferrari, Sergio ; Toniolo, Antonio ; Monaco, Salvatore ; Luciani, Filippo ; Cainelli, Francesca ; Baj, Andreina ; Temesgen, Zelalem ; Vento, Sandro. / Viral encephalitis : Etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and management. In: Open Infectious Diseases Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 1-12.
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