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Are brain infections usually fatal?
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In brief: Most are not
Numerous organisms can infect brain, and typically many viral infections have good recovery, but herpes simplex may be risky.
Pml associated with HIV or the drug tysabri (natalizumab) may be handled with plasmapheresis. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics. Fungal and parasitic infections are likewise risky but can be treated. Avoid brain infections, especially abscesses, yet modern treatment helps.

In brief: Most are not
Numerous organisms can infect brain, and typically many viral infections have good recovery, but herpes simplex may be risky.
Pml associated with HIV or the drug tysabri (natalizumab) may be handled with plasmapheresis. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics. Fungal and parasitic infections are likewise risky but can be treated. Avoid brain infections, especially abscesses, yet modern treatment helps.
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Dr. Willam Lau
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: No
Most are cured with antibiotics and surgery when necessary.

In brief: No
Most are cured with antibiotics and surgery when necessary.
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