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Management of suspected viral encephalitis in adults - Association of British Neurologists and British Infection Association National Guidelines

Solomon, T., Michael, B. D., Smith, Philip E. M., Sanderson, F., Davies, N. W. S., Hart, I. J., Holland, M., Easton, A., Buckley, C., Kneen, R. and Beeching, N. J. 2012. Management of suspected viral encephalitis in adults - Association of British Neurologists and British Infection Association National Guidelines. Journal of Infection 64 (4) , pp. 347-373. 10.1016/j.jinf.2011.11.014

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Abstract

In the 1980s the outcome of patients with herpes simplex encephalitis was shown to be dramatically improved with aciclovir treatment. Delays in starting treatment, particularly beyond 48 h after hospital admission, are associated with a worse prognosis. Several comprehensive reviews of the investigation and management of encephalitis have been published. However, their impact on day-to day clinical practice appears to be limited. The emergency management of meningitis in children and adults was revolutionised by the introduction of a simple algorithm as part of management guidelines. In February 2008 a group of clinicians met in Liverpool to begin the development process for clinical care guidelines based around a similar simple algorithm, supported by an evidence base, whose implementation is hoped would improve the management of patients with suspected encephalitis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: encephalitis, viral encephalitis, herpes simplex virus, immunocompromised, varicella zoster virus, enterovirus, antibody-associated encephalitis
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0163-4453
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:34
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/41116

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