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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

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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Not usually: Ct of brain and spine usually does not play role in diagnosis of viral process. Some clinicians obtain ct prior to spinal tap as precaution, to exclude increased intracranial pressure. This probably is overkill in the usage of ct. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a brain infection?

How do you diagnose a brain infection?

CSF tests, imaging: While there are certain blood test results or MRI findings that raise the suspicion for infection, a definitive diagnosis often requires a lumbar puncture for analysis of cerebrospinal fluid. That being said, in many cases we will treat infections empirically just based on clinical suspicion, especially if the patient is presenting with seizures or other worrisome signs. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Not typically: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or pinching if the nerve canal, it can usually affect things spine related, but not really brain related. ...Read more

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How does an infection in the brain occur?

How does an infection in the brain occur?

Several ways: An infection can reach the brain several ways. Most of the time it is through blood, from another source of infection in the body like the heart, throat or upper airways. Sometimes, it can spread to the brain directly from nearby structures like the sinuses or inner ear. When there is trauma/skull fracture with an open wound, infective organisms can enter the brain directly from the outside. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

Exam is best: We usually have a pretty good idea if a tumor is present based on a patient's symptoms and physical exam. The best test to be done is an MRI (usually with contrast). Brain and spinal tumors, fortunately, are pretty uncommon. ...Read more

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Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways. ...Read more

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Can you get bladder infection, from an epidural, spinal?

Can you get bladder infection, from an  epidural, spinal?

Unlikely: The needle used for a spinal or epidural injection does not come into contact with the bladder. Patients who receive a spinal or epidural injection will often also receive a foley (bladder) catheter to drain the urine from the bladder because the spinal/epidural may inhibit the ability to urinate. This catheter is the more likely cause of a bladder infection. ...Read more

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Dura mater in brain and spinal chord, can you tell me more?

Dura mater in brain and spinal chord, can you tell me more?

Dura mater: The dura mater is a thick membrane that covers the brain and the spinal cord, it is a protective membrane and holds the brain and spinal cord in place and is also the structure that gets infected when one has a "meningitis" ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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