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Learning objectives

  • Describe the major anatomical features of the nervous system
  • Explain why there is no normal microbiota of the nervous system
  • Explain how microorganisms overcome defenses of the nervous system to cause infection
  • Identify and describe general symptoms associated with various infections of the nervous system

Part 1

David is a 35-year-old carpenter from New Jersey. A year ago, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that has no known cause. He has been taking a prescription corticosteroid to manage the condition, and the drug has been highly effective in keeping his symptoms at bay. However, David recently fell ill and decided to visit his primary care physician. His symptoms included a fever, a persistent cough, and shortness of breath. His physician ordered a chest X-ray, which revealed consolidation of the right lung. The doctor prescribed a course of levofloxacin and told David to come back in a week if he did not feel better.

  • What type of drug is levofloxacin?
  • What type of microbes would this drug be effective against?
  • What type of infection is consistent with David’s symptoms?

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The human nervous system can be divided into two interacting subsystems: the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central nervous system (CNS) . The CNS consists of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is an extensive network of nerves connecting the CNS to the muscles and sensory structures. The relationship of these systems is illustrated in [link] .

The central nervous system

The brain is the most complex and sensitive organ in the body. It is responsible for all functions of the body, including serving as the coordinating center for all sensations, mobility, emotions, and intellect. Protection for the brain is provided by the bones of the skull, which in turn are covered by the scalp, as shown in [link] . The scalp is composed of an outer layer of skin, which is loosely attached to the aponeurosis , a flat, broad tendon layer that anchors the superficial layers of the skin. The periosteum , below the aponeurosis, firmly encases the bones of the skull and provides protection, nutrition to the bone, and the capacity for bone repair. Below the boney layer of the skull are three layers of membranes called meninges that surround the brain. The relative positions of these meninges are shown in [link] . The meningeal layer closest to the bones of the skull is called the dura mater (literally meaning tough mother ). Below the dura mater lies the arachnoid mater (literally spider-like mother ). The innermost meningeal layer is a delicate membrane called the pia mater (literally tender mother ). Unlike the other meningeal layers, the pia mater firmly adheres to the convoluted surface of the brain. Between the arachnoid mater and pia mater is the subarachnoid space . The subarachnoid space within this region is filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) . This watery fluid is produced by cells of the choroid plexus—areas in each ventricle of the brain that consist of cuboidal epithelial cells surrounding dense capillary beds. The CSF serves to deliver nutrients and remove waste from neural tissues.

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manor
Robert Koch
Matilda
Antony Van Leeuwenhoek invented microbes through a designed single lensed microscope.
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microbiology is the study of micro organisms. this can be multicellular,unicellular & acellular
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DNA is a double stranded molecule while RNA is a single stranded molecule
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they are immune cells that are released by immune system to fight strangers like microbes
Ahmed
a blood protien produce in response to an counteracting a specific antigen
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because make typhoid that is considered as a food born illness
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Staphylococcus aureus - staph Streptococcus pyogenes - strep Botulism - Clostridium botulinum Rocky Mountain spotted fever - Rickettsia rickettsii Diphtheria - Corynebacterium diphtheriae Gonorrhea - Neisseria gonorrhoeae
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y
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yes
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no
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definition of a parasite: an organism that lives in or on an organism of ANOTHER species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other's expense
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