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November 2004

SARS, SIRS, and Neurological Disease

Arch Neurol. 2004;61(11):1647-1648. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.11.1647

One of the most demanding but engaging aspects of neurological practice is involvement in all aspects of medicine, from primary care of patients with migraine to consultation in the intensive care unit. There are few disorders that spare the nervous system, and neurologists participate in a vast range of problems. The neurological complications of newly emerging infections are no exception and have required active involvement. In the mid 1980s, neurological complications eventually linked to HIV infection ranged from primary dementia to small fiber sensory axonopathy. More recently, the impact of West Nile virus on the central and peripheral nervous systems has been devastating.