Description

Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology, a new volume in The Handbook of Clinical Neurology, provides a comprehensive and contemporary reference on parasitic infections of the human nervous system.  Parasitic infections are varied and some are resolved by the host’s immune system, other infections may become established even though unnoticed, and some cause severe disease and death.  In our modern world, neuroparasitoses are no longer geographically isolated and these infections now appear worldwide.  Outside of a very few well understood pathologies, most parasitic infections have been neglected in the neurological literature and most neurologists have never diagnosed such an infection.  This volume details how, with the advent of modern neuroimaging techniques, improved diagnostic applications of molecular biology, more accurate immunodiagnosis, and minimally invasive neurosurgery, human nervous system parasitoses are now diagnosed and treated, with increasing frequency.   The book is divided into six sections, and begins with an introduction to the mechanisms of infection, diagnosis, and pathology of parasitic diseases. Subsequent chapters detail protozoan diseases and a section covering each of the major classes of human-infecting helminths: nematodes (roundworms), trematodes (flukes), and cestodes (tapeworms).  The final section contains chapters on other important areas of tropical clinical medicine including the neurological complications of venomous bites and tropical nutritional deficiencies.  Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology will be of interest to neurologists, neurosurgeons and other health professionals encountering patients with parasitic infections.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive reference resource on the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections of the human nervous system
  • Focuses on the impact of modern neuroimaging techniques, improved diagnostic applications of molecular biology, more accurate immunodiagnosis, and minimally invasive neurosurgery to diagnose parasitoses
  • International list of contributors including the leading workers in the field

Readership

Clinical and research neurologists, neurosurgeons, and medical professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections

Table of Contents

Handbook of Clinical Neurology 3rd Series

Foreword

Preface

Contributors

Section 1: Introduction

Chapter 1. Neurological aspects of neglected tropical diseases: an unrecognized burden

Introduction

Tropical diseases with neurological implications: an attempt at classification

The unrecognized burden of tropical neurology

The challenge of assessing the burden of tropical neurological diseases

Epilepsy: the silent epidemic

The challenge of ensuring that all those in need are reached by the national health services

A public health strategy to reduce the burden of tropical neurological diseases

References

Section 2: Pathophysiology and characteristics of parasitic infections

Chapter 2. Mechanisms of CNS invasion and damage by parasites

Introduction

Mechanisms of CNS invasion by parasites

Mechanisms of CNS structural and/or functional damage by parasites

Concluding remarks and future directions

Acknowledgments

References

Chapter 3. Immunodiagnosis of CNS parasitic infections

Introduction

Diseases that are localized primarily in the CNS

Other parasitic diseases of the CNS

Conclusions

Acknowledgment

References

Chapter 4. Imaging of parasitic infections of the central nervous system

Protozoa

Nematodes

Trematodes

Cestodes

Conclusion

References

Chapter 5. Pathology of CNS parasitic infections

Introduction

Protozoal Infections

Metazoal infections

References

Section 3: Protozoa

Chapter 6. Cerebral malaria

Introduction

Pathophysiology

Clinical manifestations

Pediatric patients

Adult patients

Treatment

Neurological sequelae

Epidemiology

Malaria in travelers

Prevention st

Details

No. of pages:
432
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
eBook ISBN:
eBook ISBN:
9780444534996
Print ISBN:
9780444534903

About the editors

Hector Garcia

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Microbiology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

Herbert Tanowitz

Affiliations and Expertise

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Oscar Del Brutto

Affiliations and Expertise

Hospital-Clinica Kennedy, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Reviews

"This detailed reference on parasitology and tropical neurology is illustrated throughout with color and b&w diagnostic images and color clinical photos. Parasites are listed and discussed according to their etiologies. Opening chapters on general principles of parasitology include discussion of the burden of diseases as well as their mechanisms, pathology, and diagnosis. There is also discussion of the principles of novel imaging techniques applied to central nervous system parasitic infections." --Reference & Research Book News, December 2013