Encephalitis care at Mayo Clinic
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Mayo Clinic's encephalitis team includes doctors who specialize in the brain and nervous system (neurologists), brain imaging (neuroradiologists) and infectious diseases. Specialists in the Neuro-Infectious Diseases Group are frequently involved in care.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have experience evaluating and treating children with encephalitis (pediatric neurologists). Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota also offers care for children with encephalitis in the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital.
Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — care is discussed among the team, appointments are scheduled in coordination and highly specialized encephalitis experts are all working together to determine what's best for you or your child.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Encephalitis can be overlooked because signs and symptoms are similar to other conditions. Mayo Clinic specialists have experience recognizing the clinical characteristics of encephalitis. Mayo Clinic also has advanced brain imaging to assist with diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment of encephalitis are important to prevent serious complications.
Infectious diseases of the nervous system are among the most challenging neurological disorders. A major focus of Mayo Clinic researchers is to develop new diagnostic markers and treatments for encephalitis.
The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.
Back from the brink: Sheila Lewis
Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ comprehensive approach to targeted antibody testing played a crucial and lifesaving role in moving Sheila Lewis to recovery from autoimmune encephalitis. Sheila Lewis doesn’t remember much about the battle against autoimmune encephalitis that almost took her life, but her family can still recall every heartbreaking moment. With Sheila in a coma for 12 days, they had resigned themselves to the fact that they were losing their beloved 61-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother. It looked…
Back from the brink and looking forward: Karen Detweiler overcomes rare neurologic disorder
In February 2020, as COVID-19 began its spread across the world, Karen Detweiler of DeLand, Florida, and her two adult children, Jonathan Detweiler and Susan Reeve, were facing their own crisis: Karen Detweiler's pending passing from an incurable neurologic disorder. A retired community college professor and English teacher, Karen started having seizures in the summer of 2019 and quickly deteriorated. During phone calls with Susan, she would talk about her day and describe activities that…
Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic doctors care for and treat over 1,700 people with encephalitis each year. Early treatment is important to prevent serious complications of encephalitis. Mayo Clinic specialists have experience recognizing the clinical characteristics of encephalitis.
Mayo Clinic neurologists, neuroradiologists and infectious disease specialists work together to diagnose and treat adults and children with encephalitis. Pediatric neurologists at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota may be involved in diagnosing and treating children with encephalitis. Specialists at the Neuro-Infectious Diseases Group are frequently involved in care.
Nationally recognized expertise
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022–2023 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurology and infectious diseases departments' expertise and rankings.
Locations, travel and lodging
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