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Prim Care. 2018 Sep;45(3):505-518. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.007. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

Central Nervous System Infections.

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1
Department of Family, Internal and Rural Medicine, The University of Alabama, 850 Peter Bryce Boulevard, Box 870377, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA.
2
Department of Family, Internal and Rural Medicine, The University of Alabama, 850 Peter Bryce Boulevard, Box 870377, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA. Electronic address: drake@ua.edu.

Abstract

Infections of the nervous system are potential life-threatening and are caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Prompt recognition and treatment of a central nervous system (CNS) infection is crucial for patient survival, as these infections have a high morbidity and mortality. CNS infections include meningitis, encephalitis, and brain abscesses. This article seeks to detail the etiology, clinical course, diagnostic challenges, and treatment of CNS infections organized by infectious agent.

KEYWORDS:

Cryptococcus; Encephalitis; Meningitis; Prions; Toxoplasmosis; Tuberculosis

PMID:
30115337
DOI:
10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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