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Literalmente, encefalitis significa inflamación del cerebro. En la mayoría de los casos, esta inflamación está provocada por un virus. Se trata de una afección. Doak family. Loomig (A. B.) See Brooks (Amy) Looiuis (A. F.): Paradise cove. Yachts under sail. Lopez Ibor (J.) Encefalitis letargica. Another example might be the “sleeping sickness” (which became known as “ Encefalitis letargica”) which appeared in and quickly spread up in Europe.

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Although it was to prove less destructive than the influenza pandemic which occured at around the same time, the new outbreak had a persistent legacy: The new syndrome was first reported by Constantin von Economoa neurologist letarrgica Vienna.

Others reported that they would letrgica asleep as soon as they sat down in a chair. Other acute symptoms included delerium, headache, and paralysis or abnormal movements of the eye muscles. Many patients recovered from this phase, only to face a cruel twist: Koehler, describe the profound impact that the disease had, not just on medicine, but also on neuroscience.


The consistent pathology of the disorder allowed von Economo to localize the lethargic symptoms of encephalitis lethargica to the posterior wall of the third ventricle, near the oculomotor nuclei. For von Economo, these clinicopathologic findings confirmed the existence of a subcortical sleep-regulating center.

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During sleep, this center would actively inhibit the cerebral cortex, reducing the level of consciousness. Damage to this region is thought to occur in encephalitis lethargica. Encefalltis years later, the cause of the encephalitis lethargica epidemic remains uncertain. One theory is encefalits the co-occurence of the encephalitis and the influenza pandemic was no coincidence, and that the influenza virus somehow affected the brain in some cases, causing encephalitis lethargica.

Others believe that a virus related to the polio virus was the cause. If this had happened now, for the first time ever, instead of back then, how long it would take for experts to consider an organic cause?

I wonder if they tried amphetamine during the epidemic. But I agree, if encephalitis lethargica happened today, it might be ascribed to a psychogenic cause by some. Then again certain symptoms of the acute phase fever, oculomotor symptoms would strongly argue against that.

The rehab center was sub par so I had him discharged AMA and we went the route of outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy. He was initially on L-dopa same drug as in Awakenings but after a year he had lost a lot of weight because the L-dopa made him throw up.

He is unable to work, suffers Parkinsonism constant shakingmuscle and limb pain, severe headaches, expressive aphasia, memory loss, attention issues and sleep inversion. Yikes, maybe the library at the college I teach at part time will have it! I am so sorry your husband endured this but, as a psychological clinician, this information is valuable to me. I work with elders and see this development after illnesses in some clients.


It is usually temporary but, as your husband experienced, it sometimes is not. The brain is amazing and I have personally seen miracles happen when a person is under Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist who takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond.

His blog offers a look at the latest developments in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology through a critical lens. By Neuroskeptic April 15, To me, it seems obvious that Influenza and Encephalitis Lethargica are linked. Prayers for him and you. About Neuroskeptic Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist who takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond. See More Recent Categories Archives. Do You Believe in Eye-Beams? Discover’s Newsletter Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly encefakitis to your inbox!


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