Neurological Infectious Diseases Specialist

Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD -  - Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis

Pathway Neurology

Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD

Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis located in Tampa, FL

Infections which involve the nervous system can be complex conditions that require the expertise of a skilled physician like Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD. At Pathway Neurology in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Rumbaugh offers innovative therapies to help you manage neurological symptoms that result from conditions like West Nile virus, HIV-related disorders, chronic meningitis, herpes encephalitis, even the human form of mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). His extensive training at Johns Hopkins equips him with the knowledge to create a customized treatment plan specific to your needs to enhance the quality of your life. Learn more about Dr. Rumbaugh’s experience in neurological complications of infection by calling the Tampa office or using the online booking feature.

Neurological Infectious Diseases Q & A

What infectious diseases can cause neurological issues?

Infectious diseases can cause many complicated medical conditions, including those that affect your central nervous system. Common conditions Dr. Rumbaugh treats at Pathway Neurology include:

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

HIV is a viral infection that destroys the immune system.

Encephalitis

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain resulting from a bacterial or viral infection.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation in the membranes of the protective cover of the spinal cord and brain.

What are the neurological complications of HIV?

Neurological complications of HIV can result when your body’s immune system becomes weakened from the infection, and also as a complication or side effect of the medications used to control HIV infection. Some of these complications can occur when HIV is well-controlled. You are at particular risk for other complications if your HIV infection develops into its most advanced stage – acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Common neurological issues associated with HIV include:

  • Dementia or other forms of cognitive difficulty
  • Neuropathy and associated neuropathic pain
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Opportunistic infections, including CMV, PML, toxoplasmosis, cryptococcal meningitis

How are neurological complications of infectious diseases diagnosed?

Dr. Rumbaugh offers several diagnostic-testing options, including blood work, to confirm a neurological issue and rule out other underlying medical conditions.

Depending on the nature of your symptoms, Dr. Rumbaugh might use an MRI to check your brain or spinal cord structure for abnormalities.

In some cases, extracting a sample of spinal fluid might be necessary to accurately diagnose infections and other issues affecting your central nervous system.

What treatment options are available for neurological complications of infection?

Depending on your specific symptoms and the type of infectious disease you have, Dr. Rumbaugh can create a custom treatment plan. He can recommend prescription medications, including antibiotics and antiviral drugs, to prevent the progression of the disease or clear the infection. Other medications or treatments may help control the underlying infection or better manage the symptoms caused by the infection.

Dr. Rumbaugh can also help you manage other side effects of neurologically related issues, such as mental health issues, chronic fatigue, and pain.

Schedule a comprehensive consultation online or by phone with Dr. Rumbaugh to learn more about managing and preventing neurological complications of HIV and other infectious diseases.