Normally, the brain and central nervous system are well protected from bacteria and viruses. However, when the protective barriers are breached, and a bacteria or virus enters the fluid that surrounds the brain or spinal cord, it can quickly become a life-threatening emergency.
Infectious diseases such as meningitis and acute viral encephalitis can result in dangerous brain inflammation. And without accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment, these infections can lead to permanent disability and even death. That is why receiving care from experienced neurological infectious disease specialists is so important.
With a team of world-renowned infectious disease specialists, IU Health Neuroscience has the hands-on experience, specialized expertise and sophisticated testing to quickly make the right diagnosis.
Our physicians have considerable expertise in treating neurological infectious diseases, including:
Central nervous system infections can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms may develop over weeks or months, and often, long after a person is first exposed. Experience and clinical expertise is the key to proper diagnosis. Many people who seek care from our infectious disease specialists have had a tough time getting a proper diagnosis.
When a neurological infectious disease is suspected, our experts use advanced neuro-imaging tests such as MRI and brain EEG to identify an infection. Access to sophisticated laboratory studies speeds analysis of spinal fluid and blood for prompt diagnosis and rapid treatment.
Diagnostic testing available at IU Health Neuroscience includes:
Most infectious diseases can be successfully treated with aggressive anti-viral medication, as long as the infection is correctly diagnosed in a timely manner. As a worldwide authority on infectious diseases, IU Health Neuroscience provides the most current treatment plans and medication.