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Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

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Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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