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Liverpool neurological infectious diseases course

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 30 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3916
  1. Dhanasekhar Kesavelu, specialist registrar in paediatrics
  1. 1Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool L12 2AP
  1. dkesavelu{at}

Who’s it for?

The Liverpool neurological infectious diseases course is for anyone who has ever struggled with a patient who has meningitis, encephalitis, or another neurological infection and not known how best to manage him or her. The course is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom, and there were 110 delegates from across the UK when I attended, plus people from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

When did you do it?

I took the course when I was a year 4 specialist registrar, but I wish I had known about it earlier.

Why did you do it?

Patients with neurological infections are common, but their management is often very difficult. The presenting syndromes are elusive, which makes the diagnosis difficult, and determining the best treatment can be hard. Liverpool is the home of the School of Tropical Medicine, and it is also the base for several important institutions such as the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery; Alder Hey …

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