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Overview

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center infectious disease specialists offer consultation to patients with infectious diseases.  Infectious diseases most commonly result from the introduction of bacteria, viruses or fungi into the patient's body, either through respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract or through the skin.

Examples of such infections are bacterial pneumonia or influenza into the lungs.   Bacterial dysentery such as salmonella, shigella, or the "turista" bacteria, or E. coli are ingested and cause gastroenteritis, including nausea vomiting and diarrhea.  Direct trauma which breaks the skin barrier can lead to bacterial infections such as impetigo, infected blisters, or cellulitis.

The infectious disease department at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is comprised of more than twenty specialists, many of whom are on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. Together, they bring invaluable experience to addressing the needs of our patients with infection problems.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center infectious disease specialists have expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of infectious disease problems, including: skin infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, bone and joint infections, tuberculosis, central nervous system infections such as meningitis, infections involving the heart valves, or endocarditis.

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Learn more about common diseases and infections:

  • Gastroenteritis, stomach infection
  • Impetigo, skin infection
  • Meningitis, brain or spinal cord infection
  • Endocartaditis, heart inflammation

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WE CAN HELP WITH DIAGNOSIS
Proper diagnosis of infectious diseases is critical to determining proper treatment. Outpatient evaluation of the patient's symptoms -- such as diarrhea, cough with sputum, pain and discharge from skin sites all suggesting infection, and fever -- is available.

For many acutely ill patients, a guarantee of absolute privacy is just as important as an accurate diagnosis is. St. Luke's promises such privacy without reservation. 

Among the diagnostic tools available to St. Luke's infectious disease specialists are:

  • a world-class pathology laboratory;
  • very well-equipped radiology department for radiographic studies of the possible infected sites;
  • available intensive care facilities for life support

WE CAN HELP WITH TREATMENT
Our modern, updated pharmacy services make available the latest, most effective antibiotics and antiviral agents for our patients.