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Parasitic Infections of the Central Nervous System 

Parasitic Infections of the Central Nervous System
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Parasitic Infections of the Central Nervous System
Author(s):

Shamir Haji

and Allen J. Aksamit Jr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0078
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date: 15 October 2019

Parasitic infections make up a small but important subset of central nervous system (CNS) infections. Although necessary to be considered in the comprehensive differential diagnosis for patients presenting with suspected neurologic infections, these conditions are particularly important etiologies in patients where parasitic infections are endemic and for immunocompromised patients. Among the most common parasitic infections of the CNS are neurocysticercosis, echinococcosis (hydatid cyst), toxoplasmosis, amebic meningoencephalitis, and cerebral malaria. They are covered in this chapter in more detail.

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