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5 yr old had Herpes Simplex 1 Viral Encephalitis 6 mos ago!

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My 5 year old had Herpes Simplex 1 Viral Encephalitis 6 mos ago. Symptoms: 104 degree F fever, headache, vomiting and one seizure involving all 4 limbs. He has scaring on the right side of his brain. After a 3 week regimen of Acyclovir, he came home seemingly unscathed. A week ago he started having flashes of "white and dark purple" lights, "stings", feeling of water behind eyes and vomiting on one day. No headache pain. He has also said he has the sensation of being on an elevator going down. He spent 3 days in the hospital, having EEG, CT Scan and blood work. (He is still showing symptoms.) Nothing showed except the same abnormality of brainwaves he experienced directly after the Encephalitis. The only conclusion they reached was "possible" migraines. He has had a very stuffy nose every night for the last 6 months. Has had 3 rounds of antibiotics for this, to no avail. For 6 mos. vomits frequently after eating. Says something pushes food up. Please give me your opinion.


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replied March 14th, 2011
Headache and Migraines Answer A20826
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

The symptoms described include visual disturbances, dizziness, and nausea which appear due to labyrinthitis (a complication of viral encephalitis).

The stuffy nose could be a sign of persistent infection in the ear cavity, that results in recurrent episodes of infection in the nasal sinuses and throat.

A ENT examination of your kid may detect any chronic infection or perforation in the ear, which after effective treatment may result in complete resolution of symptoms.

I Hope this helps.



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