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How do you diagnose a brain infection?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Encephalitis?

Brain abscess, encephalitis, and others can be evaluated using imaging studies like an MRI and others, a lumbar puncture, serologies, but primarily focused around findings on history and physical exam.

In brief: Encephalitis?

Brain abscess, encephalitis, and others can be evaluated using imaging studies like an MRI and others, a lumbar puncture, serologies, but primarily focused around findings on history and physical exam.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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