Central nervous system infections as a cause of an altered mental status? What is the pathogen growing in your central nervous system?
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2010 Aug;28(3):535-70
Authors: Mace SE
There are several central nervous system (CNS) infections (meningitis, encephalitis, and brain abscess), any of which may present with an altered level of consciousness. Because CNS infections can have a devastating outcome, it is important to recognize the presence of a CNS infection and begin treatment as soon as possible because early appropriate therapy may, in some cases, limit morbidity and mortality.
PMID: 20709243 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]