This is Dr. David
yes, there are rare cases of herpes virus attacking the brain and causing encephalitis
she needs to see a doctor right away and get her brain evaluated
she may need a brain MRI scan and a spinal tap
she should consult with a neurologist about her new dementia symptoms
only after testing can we tell what may be causing her dementia
she may benefit from antiviral treatment to help fight her shingles virus infection.
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