The role of brain biopsy in the diagnosis of CNS viral infections

Bruce A. Cohen, Robert M. Levy

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The decision to pursue diagnostic brain biopsy is based on two essential criteria. The first is that a specific diagnosis cannot be established by an alternative procedure, and the second is that the information obtained will be of sufficient value to justify the risks of the surgery undertaken. The latter consideration entails not only assessments of the neurological and medical condition of the patient, but also the extent of the differential diagnosis, the likelihood of finding a treatable condition, and/or the impact of a specific diagnosis and its prognostic implications on subsequent medical care and personal affairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Neurovirology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780203912126
ISBN (Print)9780824740818
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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