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Neurohospitalist. 2014 Oct;4(4):230-40. doi: 10.1177/1941874414535215.

Peripheral nervous system manifestations of infectious diseases.

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1
Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

Infectious causes of peripheral nervous system (PNS) disease are underrecognized but potentially treatable. Heightened awareness educed by advanced understanding of the presentations and management of these infections can aid diagnosis and facilitate treatment. In this review, we discuss the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of common bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections that affect the PNS. We additionally detail PNS side effects of some frequently used antimicrobial agents.

KEYWORDS:

antibiotics; antivirals; infectious disease; neuropathy; peripheral nervous system; radiculopathy

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