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Microbiology of the Nervous System.

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Johnson RT.

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In: Baron S, editor.

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Medical Microbiology. 4th edition. Galveston (TX): University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 1996. Chapter 96.

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Infections of the nervous system are rare but life-threatening complications of systemic infections. The central nervous system (CNS) presents a special milieu for bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections: the brain and spinal cord are protected by bone and meningeal coverings that compartmentalize infection; they are divided by barriers from the systemic circulation; they lack an intrinsic immune system; and they have a unique compact structure.

Copyright © 1996, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

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