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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 233--240

Laboratory investigation of fungal infections of the central nervous system

1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Correspondence Address:
Nagagopal Venna
Massachusetts General Hospital, WACC-835, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA, 02114
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.35684

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While fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are relatively rare, fungal pathogens are increasingly being recognized as an important etiology of CNS infections, particularly amongst the growing immunocompromized population. In this paper we aim to provide a practical approach to the diagnosis of fungal infections of the CNS, review some of the diagnostic methods currently available and discuss diagnosis of certain pathogens of particular interest to the practicing neurologist.


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