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The outcome of the disease varies and depends on factors such as initial cause, age, severity of the case, and strength of the immune system. For example, people who are HIV positive, have cancer, or who have other illnesses have a weaker immune system and are less able to withstand another disease. These patients have a wide range of outcomes that range from good to poor. In general, those people with mild cases and otherwise relatively good health usually will recover without any problems. Poorer outcomes can be summarized as follows:
The cause of the encephalitis has an important bearing on outcomes; as medicine advances, the prognosis may improve for some causes. Readers are encouraged to research other specific articles and links to get more details about potential treatments that improve outcome for each cause of encephalitis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/27/2013
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