Overview

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The right care the first time

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People turn to Mayo Clinic for help with a wide range of serious and difficult-to-diagnose infectious diseases. Each year Mayo Clinic's infectious diseases specialists diagnose and treat more than 18,000 adults and children from around the world.

Mayo Clinic's experts help people with bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. That includes bloodstream infections and complex or rare conditions caused by emerging pathogens and multidrug-resistant microbes. Successful treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. Mayo Clinic doctors take the time to get it right. In a recent study, 88 percent of people who came to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion received a new or refined diagnosis.

Team-based care

Many infectious disease problems are related to other medical conditions or procedures. Mayo Clinic infectious disease specialists work closely with doctors in many specialty areas to make sure you get exactly the care you need. Depending on your situation, your care team may include doctors trained in cardiovascular medicine; critical care; dermatology; thoracic surgery; immunology; rheumatology; ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery; hematology; oncology; pulmonary medicine; gastroenterology and hepatology; neurology; neurosurgery; transplant; orthopedic surgery; pathology; surgery or vascular surgery. Your doctors may also work with an infectious diseases pharmacist, a nurse, a microbiota transplant coordinator and an advanced practitioner.

Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly and appointment schedules are coordinated. Highly specialized experts are working together for you. What might take weeks or even months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Infectious diseases services are also provided to children at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Pediatric infectious diseases specialists of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center work with other pediatric specialists to diagnose and treat children and adolescents.

Mayo Clinic Health System clinics, hospitals and health care facilities serve more than 60 communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These sites provide Mayo Clinic infectious diseases services to their local communities.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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Mayo Clinic doctors ensure your questions are answered before surgery.

You may undergo diagnostic procedures so that your doctors can identify exactly what's causing your signs and symptoms. Mayo Clinic's infectious diseases specialists work with clinical microbiology specialists who have developed the most advanced microbiological laboratory methods of detecting infections. They also work with radiologists who use innovative imaging technologies, including 7-Tesla MRI, magnetic resonance elastography and magnetic resonance angiography. Many of these advanced testing and imaging methods are available at very few medical centers.

Helping people who are hospitalized. Mayo Clinic's infectious diseases specialists work in teams to help manage the most complex infections encountered in the hospital setting.

Monitoring people who need transplants. People who plan to undergo a transplant may see an infectious diseases specialist for a pre-surgical assessment of infection risk and to discuss prevention strategies. These include prophylaxis, preemptive therapy, surveillance and vaccination. People who receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a bridge to heart transplant can meet with this team as well to discuss managing infection risk.

Combating infectious diseases with eConsults. Doctors in Mayo Clinic Health System are connecting with colleagues in Rochester, Minnesota, using eConsults to improve care of patients with serious infections and diseases related to bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Applying the latest in research. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases doctors and scientists make discoveries in the laboratory that lead to better and faster ways to diagnose and treat people with infectious diseases. And they work with other global health experts, advancing knowledge of vector-borne infectious diseases such as Zika virus.

Focusing on infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases doctors are committed to developing strategies to reduce the risk of infection after surgical procedures and in people who are hospitalized. In addition, they are expert in the optimal use of antimicrobials, which reduces the chance of developing drug resistance.

Talk with your doctor about whether any of the clinic's many infectious diseases-related clinical trials might be right for you.

July 12, 2019