Neurologic Complications of Metronidazole.


Metronidazole (Flagyl®) is an antimicrobial agent commonly used in clinical practice. Although it is generally well tolerated with minimal side effects, there are a host of still under-recognized neurologic complications of metronidazole treatment. The following review is aimed at summarizing current literature pertaining to metronidazole-induced neurotoxicity including clinical syndromes, neuroradiological findings, prognosis and proposed pathophysiology. Recognition of the neurotoxic effects of metronidazole is critical as prompt discontinuation is generally associated with full clinical recovery and radiological resolution.

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    Internal and Emergency Medicine 08/2014; 9(8). DOI:10.1007/s11739-014-1120-5 · 2.62 Impact Factor
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    CNS Drugs 11/2014; 28(12). DOI:10.1007/s40263-014-0200-4 · 5.11 Impact Factor