Infectious Diseases and Impaired Consciousness

Michael R. Wilson, Karen L. Roos

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Any of a number of neuroinfectious diseases can cause a disorder of consciousness. The priority in the care of the patient is to identify an infectious disease that is treatable. This article examines disorders of consciousness that may be caused by a septic encephalopathy, bacterial meningoencephalitis, viral encephalitis, tick-borne bacterial disease, fungal meningitis, tuberculous meningitis, a focal infectious mass lesion, such as a brain abscess, or an autoimmune-mediated disorder as a complication of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-942
Number of pages16
JournalNeurologic clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Infectious disease
  • Neuroinfectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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