Encephalopathy is a term for any diffuse disease of the brain that alters brain function or structure. Encephalopathy may be caused by infectious agent (bacteria, virus, or prion), metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction, brain tumor or increased pressure in the skull, prolonged exposure to toxic elements (including solvents, drugs, radiation, paints, industrial chemicals, and certain metals), chronic progressive trauma, poor nutrition, or lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain.
Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis can also cause confused thinking, seizures, or problems with senses or movement, which in infants can manifest as a decreased level of consciousness or high pitched screaming.
- Aches in muscles or joints
- Altered mental state
- Confusion, agitation, or hallucinations
- Fatigue or weakness
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of ability to swallow or speak
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of sensation or paralysis in certain areas of the face or body
- Muscle atrophy and weakness
- Myoclonus (involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles)
- Nystagmus (rapid, involuntary eye movement)
- Problems with speech or hearing
- Progressive loss of consciousness
- Progressive loss of memory and cognitive ability
- Subtle personality changes
Do Not Delay
HAVE YOU DEVELOPED ENCEPHALOPATHY FOLLOWING VACCINATION?
When a vaccine injury occurs it can be sudden or it can take years to manifest or for the injured individual to realize a vaccine was the cause. There are strict time limits for filing a vaccine injury claim so be sure to contact an attorney right away if you suspect that you have been injured by a vaccine.