Diagnosing and managing the after-effects of acquired brain injury in adults including encephalitis

The Encephalitis Society

GPs are the primary source of support and referral to specialist services for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI). Therefore, it is important for GPs to be aware of problems that commonly occur after ABI, obtain a thorough history of the onset and time course of these, and know how they can best help people with ABI. A supportive GP is crucial to the long-term management of people who have an ABI. Some patients require more support than others. Often, the more promptly a GP can provide help, the better the outcomes for patients and their families.

This Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, common difficulties that occur after an acquired brain injury, and the role of the GP in managing ABI and encephalitis.

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