Proinflammatory Cytokines in Cerebrospinal Fluid From Patients With Nontyphoidal Salmonella Encephalopathy


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Abstract

Nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS) encephalopathy is characterized by rapidly progressive brain dysfunction that develops after NTS enteritis. The mechanism of central nervous system involvement remains unclear. We examined cerebrospinal fluids from 7 patients for cytokines and found elevated interleukin-6, interleukin-8, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 concentrations in all the patients, suggesting that the proinflammatory cytokines are involved in the pathogenesis of NTS encephalopathy.

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