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Dr. Patrick Roth
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Brain And Spinal Infections (Overview)

Brain and spinal infections are serious infections that can be contagious. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.


Dr. Patrick Roth
18 doctors shared insights

Brain And Spinal Infections (Overview)

Brain and spinal infections are serious infections that can be contagious. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.


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Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

Exam, size, location: Brain and spinal infections often contradict the long-standing surgical belief that infections always need to be drained. In both cases, some infections will benefit from drainage and this is typically done in conjunction with the sampling of the infection to diagnose the particular pathogen. The decision is based on the location and on the amount of volume. Antibiotics is the longterm solution. ...Read more

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I am a basket case. My son has brain and spinal infections. Can you tell me something about it?

I am a basket case. My son has brain and spinal infections. Can you tell me something about it?

Serious: These are the worst places to have infections. Your doctors will be vigilant and aggressive in treating infection in the brain tissue and spinal cord. These infections can be in the covering of the brain/spinal cord or in the tissue itself. Each requires different treatment. They usually come from another location and spread to the central nervous system. I hope your son does very well. ...Read more

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If everybody has brain fluid and spinal fluid, what would make somebody need a shunt to get rid of fluid?

If everybody has brain fluid and spinal fluid, what would make somebody need a shunt to get rid of fluid?

Great question: Fluid is constantly being made in the brain. In a normal person, it is made and drained at the same rate. In some people, they either produce too much or it drains too slowly, requiring an artificial drain (shunt) to relieve the pressure. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

Exam, size, location: Brain and spinal infections often contradict the long-standing surgical belief that infections always need to be drained. In both cases, some infections will benefit from drainage and this is typically done in conjunction with the sampling of the infection to diagnose the particular pathogen. The decision is based on the location and on the amount of volume. Antibiotics is the longterm solution. ...Read more

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I am a basket case. My son has brain and spinal infections. Can you tell me something about it?

Serious: These are the worst places to have infections. Your doctors will be vigilant and aggressive in treating infection in the brain tissue and spinal cord. These infections can be in the covering of the brain/spinal cord or in the tissue itself. Each requires different treatment. They usually come from another location and spread to the central nervous system. I hope your son does very well. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about brain and spinal infections. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

I read a blog post about brain and spinal infections. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

Clarify please: What is it specifically that is confusing? That would help us focus on the concept that is difficult to understand. ...Read more

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I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has brain and spinal infections. Can you tell me about it?

I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has brain and spinal infections. Can you tell me about it?

Hard to comment: If this is viral it is usually brief with few if any associated problems beyond the symptoms.If this is bacterial is is more worrisome and can have serious complications. Try to get more information from the treatment team.If they do not answer enough of your concerns you are free to ask again.Questions are not linked, so each must have enough basic info to answer. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain and spinal cord infection.?

Describe the features of a brain and spinal cord infection.?

Go to ER now: An infection of the area surrounding the brain can cause meningitis- fever, stiff neck, headache, and changes in conciousness. An infection within the brain itself is encephalitis- causing changes in personality, level of conciousness, and even seizures or other abnormal movements. These conditions are both very life-threatening, but treatable, and should be evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more