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Stroke and Other Neurologic Emergencies

The CCM physicians may be called on to assist in patients with neurologic (nervous system) emergencies. Common neurologic emergencies include hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes, nonhemorrhagic (non-bleeding) strokes, seizures, meningitis, coma, delirium, or primary neuromuscular diseases such as myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barré, or multiple sclerosis.

Treatment of these disorders involves supportive measures and specific therapy, if available. Examples of specific therapy for neurologic emergencies are antibiotics for meningitis, anticoagulation treatment for non-hemorrhage stroke, anti-seizure medications such as phenytoin for seizure disorder, and anticholinesterase treatment for myasthenia gravis.

The outcome of this diverse group of diseases depends on the severity and nature of the specific disease, it's natural progression, and response to treatment. Detailed information about these disorders and their treatments are beyond the scope of this fact sheet.

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