Indonesian migrant worker develops acute brain inflammation

Taipei,An Indonesian migrant worker who was apprehended by the authorities after overstaying his visa has received medical care after being diagnosed with an acute form of brain inflammation, a physician at Nantou Hospital said Tuesday.

Dedi Putra was sent to the Nantou Hospital around March, where he was diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, said Chang Chia-wei (???), the hospital's neurology ward head, adding that he has been in the hospital for approximately a month, where his condition has been improving.

According to a March report in the Indonesian Tribunnews, Dedi, 26, had overstayed his visa and was detained in Nantou by the National Immigration Agency toward the end of 2017.

During his detention, Dedi was constantly aggressive and repeatedly took off his pants, said Chang, adding that he was then transfered to a psychiatric hospital, where his situation did not improve and he stopped eating and drinking. He was later admitted to Nantou Hospital, where his condition was diagnosed.

Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis has the ability to progress rapidly and its clinical symptoms can be easily confused with other diseases, Chang explained.

Early stages of the disease may show symptoms that include dizziness, headache, weakness and other flu-like symptoms, which is then followed by epilepsy, mental symptoms and other related behavior, Chang pointed out.

Severe stages of the disease may even cause respiratory failure, Chang said, adding that it is treatable if early diagnosis can be made.

According to the Anti NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation Inc. website, the disease is not contagious and occurs when the brain is attacked by the antibodies produced by the body's own immune system.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel