Brain Infection or Cancer? New Test Finds Out Fast

Testing cytokine levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may rapidly differentiate brain infections from other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, new research suggests.

“We have many tests for making diagnoses, but the ones that conclusively indicate infection can often take more time than we’d like, especially in cases of childhood meningitis or encephalitis,” study investigator Mark Curtis, MD, PhD, Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said in a release.

Dr. Mark Curtis spoke with me about a revolutionary new approach that could speed diagnosis of acute neurological symptoms; saving time and lives. Check out my article on Medscape.


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