Looking for Viral Brain Injury Expert
kerrr at CRYPTIC.RCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Thu Sep 12 18:44:49 EST 1996
At 19:14 12/09/96 GMT, you wrote:
>I am searching for someone who has developed significant expertise in the
>field of viral infection induced brain injuries.
>My interest in such a person is driven by a family tragedy. My father, an
>otherwise healthy and vibrant man, was suddenly struck with a herpes type
>viral insephalitis (spelling?) and nearly died from the illness. This
>occurred a little less than two years ago.
>He was a physically fit, intellegent and educated professional engineer
>working in the Petroleum Industry in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
>His recovery has been slow and difficult. The lasting effects of the
>illness are the nearly complete destruction of the temporal lobes and a
>severe lack of short term memory. The result is a nearly complete
>inability to absorb new information, even though his long term memories are
This is very sad.
what do you mean by "destruction" of the temporal lobes?
Destruction of their function only? without alteration of their structure.
or a mass and chronic inflammation triggered by the body's immune response
to the herpes type virus.
or the death of the neurons/glia/both.
If it is due to inflammation, then this may subside in time (yes, I
acknowledge that the event was nearly two years ago) then again there may be
no improvement. I don't know of a newsgroup that deals with this type of
"injury' however, you may wish to contact your version of the A.M.A. and get
some points to virologists/?cognitive therapists.
For mine, your father is lucky to be alive, this type of viral infection is
potentially lethal......was your father under a lot of tension/stress as I
think this encephalitis usualy strikes the old and the immune-compromised..
My wishes for his recovery.
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