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Neuroinfectious Disease Services

The neuroinfectious disease program at Rush provides comprehensive care for patients who have acute and chronic infections of the nervous system. Those include meningitis, encephalitis, neurosyphilis, neuro-Lyme disease, neurological complications of HIV/AIDS and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).

Addressing neurological complications of HIV/AIDS: Neurological complications of HIV infection consist of damage to the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This damage can affect your sensations, voluntary movements, coordination, balance, thinking processes and emotions.

These complications occur in 30 to 50 percent of people with HIV/AIDS. They can present as the initial symptom of HIV/AIDS, throughout the course of the disease or in advanced stages of the disease.

Expert, leading-edge care: Led by physicians with specialized training in this field, the program gives patients access to the most sophisticated treatments available, including participation to clinical research stemming from the program’s basic research.

Physicians in the program collaborate with clinicians in Rush’s infectious disease program and the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, a facility dedicated to treating people with HIV/AIDS.