What is included in long-term monitoring of West Nile virus infection?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Jess D Salinas, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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  • Consultation with a psychologist or neuropsychologist may be helpful. [33]

  • The neuropsychologist's role includes developing behavioral treatment plans, assessing the patient's cognitive and emotional function, and providing individual, group, and family therapy.

  • The neuropsychologist also assesses the patient's attention, executive functions, personality, and memory, language, and visual-spatial abilities by using various specialized tests.

  • Although the literature concerning the neuropsychologic assessment and cognitive rehabilitation of patients with encephalitis is limited, neurocognitive testing may be useful in identifying deficits, and neurocognitive therapy to treat those deficits plays a significant part in the rehabilitation process.

  • The primary cognitive consequences of encephalitis involve attention, memory, information processing speed, and cognitive efficiency.

  • As a part of a rehabilitation team, the neuropsychologist also collaborates with the speech therapist and occupational therapist to maximize the interplay between cognitive rehabilitation and function. [34]

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