Viral encephalitis: a review of diagnostic methods and guidelines for management

@article{Steiner2005ViralEA,
  title={Viral encephalitis: a review of diagnostic methods and guidelines for management},
  author={Irene Steiner and H Budka and Abhijit Chaudhuri and Marjaleena Koskiniemi and Kimmo Sainio and Oili Salonen and Peter G. E. Kennedy},
  journal={European Journal of Neurology},
  year={2005},
  volume={12}
}
Viral encephalitis is a medical emergency. The spectrum of brain involvement and the prognosis are dependent mainly on the specific pathogen and the immunological state of the host. Although specific therapy is limited to only several viral agents, correct immediate diagnosis and introduction of symptomatic and specific therapy has a dramatic influence upon survival and reduces the extent of permanent brain injury in survivors. We searched MEDLINE (National Library of Medicine) for relevant… 
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