Neuroinfectious diseases are infections of the nervous system. This includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neuroinfectious diseases typically result when the body’s immune system is unable to fight off an invading pathogen or germ.
Many infections can affect the nervous system. These infections are caused by a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Many of these infections are life-threatening, and often cause severe and permanent neurological damage. For this reason, prompt medical attention by physicians who specialize in neuroinfectious diseases is important.
About the Program
The Neuroinfectious Diseases Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive care for patients who have acute and chronic neurological infections.
Led by a team with specialized training in this field, the program gives patients access to the most sophisticated, research-based treatments available. Physicians in the program collaborate with the Northwestern Medicine Division of Infectious Disease.
Treatments for neuroinfectious diseases may include antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory or anticonvulsive medicines.
Specialized Care for Neurological Complications of HIV/AIDS
The Neuroinfectious Disease Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers specialized care for patients experiencing neurological complications of HIV and AIDS.
Neurological complications of HIV infection consist of damage to the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This damage can affect your sensations, voluntary movements, coordination, balance, thinking processes and emotions. These complications occur in 30 to 50 percent of people with HIV/AIDS. They can present as the initial symptom of HIV/AIDS, or develop at any time throughout the course of the disease.
Neurological disorders are considered one of the greatest threats to global health. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 12 percent of deaths worldwide are due to neurologic disorders. This is due, in part, to a lack of neurologic care in low- and medium-income countries.
The Neuroinfectious Diseases Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is invested in reducing the burden of neurological diseases by training future global health leaders. Our purpose is to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to improve the care of neurological disorders worldwide.
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Why Choose Northwestern Medicine
According to U.S. News & World Report, 2019–2020, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the No. 1 ranked hospital in Illinois and recognized among the top 10 hospitals in the U.S. The same report names the Neurology and Neurosurgery program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the highest-ranked in Illinois and No. 5 in the U.S.