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Infectious Disease

Your Health. Your Hospital

Also known as infectiology, infectious disease is a medical specialty concerning the diagnosis and treatment of complex infections. Physicians who specialize in this branch of medicine have a challenging job, as they need to find the exact cause of the infectious disease the patient is struggling with. They have comprehensive education in the benefits and side effects of antibiotics and have a vast knowledge of infection control, epidemiology and immunology. For a correct and accurate diagnosis, come to Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, where our infectious disease experts will thoroughly assess your health.

Prompt Medical Assistance

The medical professionals at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will strive to find the most effective treatment for your infectious disease so that you can resume your usual life as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is crucial in the treatment of infectious diseases, as they may cause serious or even fatal health complications if they are not promptly attended to by medical specialists. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. While the symptoms of infectious diseases vary from condition to condition, they nearly always include fever and fatigue.

Because we understand the necessity of immediate diagnosis and treatment when it comes to infectious diseases, our specialists will order the tests and exams you need to undergo after a thorough health evaluation. By virtue of the state of the art technology our hospital has the privilege of using, you will receive a correct and precise diagnosis, which will subsequently allow our infectious disease physicians to prescribe you the most effective treatment. It is worthy of note that infectious diseases can be acquired in multiple ways, including through:

  • person to person transfer
  • animal to person transfer
  • mother to unborn child transfer
  • eating or drinking contaminated food or water
  • insect bite
  • indirect contact

We Efficiently Treat the Entire Spectrum of Infectious Diseases

Despite vaccinations and prevention campaigns, infectious diseases are still highly prevalent throughout the country, the most common being malaria, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. In addition to these frequently encountered infectious diseases, the experts at Cedars -Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are ready to diagnose and treat the following infectious diseases with care and compassion:

  • sleeping sickness
  • chickenpox
  • cholera
  • cryptosporidiosis
  • dengue fever
  • diphtheria
  • giardiasis
  • infectious mononucleosis
  • influenza
  • leishmaniasis
  • Lyme disease
  • measles
  • meningitis
  • pneumonia
  • poliomyelitis
  • rotavirus
  • salmonella infections
  • schistosomiasis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • shigellosis
  • shingles
  • strep throat
  • toxic shock syndrome
  • typhoid
  • West Nile virus
  • whooping cough
  • yellow fever

The treatment our infectious disease physicians will prescribe you depends on the nature of your condition. Consequently, you may be recommended one of the following medication for your infectious disease:

  • antibiotics
  • antifungals
  • antiparasitics
  • antivirals

Reliable Tests for Pinpointing the Cause of Your Distress

Because they often have in common similar symptoms, infectious diseases are very challenging to correctly diagnose. For this reason, our experts will use multiple tests and exams to find the cause of your infectious disease and subsequently prescribe you the most effective treatment to restore your health. Some of the diagnostic tools we use at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are:

  • biopsy
  • blood tests
  • CT scan
  • lumbar puncture
  • MRI scan
  • stool sample
  • throat swab
  • urine test
  • X-rays

If you suspect you may have contracted a bacterium, virus, fungus, or parasite, we advise you to come to our hospital as soon as possible, as infectious diseases usually have a rapid development, causing very distressing symptoms to the patient. We will promptly attend to your health problem, have you undergo the necessary tests and exams, and eventually assign you a precise diagnosis. Since our infectious disease physicians have years of professional experience, you can rest assured that the treatment they will prescribe you will work wonders and will ultimately restore your health so that you can enjoy a carefree life once again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Endocarditis is a severe form of infection of the heart lining and is commonly caused by bacteria. Effective treatment of endocarditis requires the injection of intravenous antibiotics on a long-term basis.

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Meningitis is a condition in which the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord become inflamed.

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Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that is commonly caused by bacteria. If osteomyelitis is diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated with an injection of antibiotics directly into the bloodstream. At advanced stages of the disease, surgical removal of dead tissue and bone is performed.

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Fungal infections may cause minor skin rashes, lung infection (aspergillosis) and even serious conditions such as meningitis.

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AIDS is treated with a series of medications such as NNRTIs, NRTIs, Potease Inhibitors, integrase inhibitors and entry or fusion inhibitors.

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