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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Clinical Neurovirology|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2003|
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