Commentary on a three-article symposium

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Andrew E. Simor, MD, FRCPC

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 103 No. 3


Clinical Focus

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.1998.03.411
Abstract: Infections involving the central nervous system (CNS), particularly meningitis and encephalitis, are likely to arouse tremendous anxiety in both physicians and patients. Perhaps this is to be expected, considering the high mortality rates associated with these infections and the neurologic sequelae that may linger in those who recover. However, in the past few years, studies have shed more light on the pathogenesis of CNS infections, and with this understanding have come improved approaches to their diagnosis and treatment. The three articles in this symposium are intended to provide an update on diagnosis and management of CNS infections that physicians may encounter in the office or emergency department.