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Li-Rong Lin, Dan-Hong Lin, Man-Li Tong, Li-Li Liu, Jin-Yi Fan, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Kun Gao, Mei-Jun Chen, Wei-Hong Zheng, Hui-Lin Zhang, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Jian-Jun Niu, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis (NS) is difficult to diagnose, especially in syphilis patients with negative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rapid plasma reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) tests. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study and an analysis of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in syphilitic patients to identify a novel marker for the diagnosis of NS, with a focus on probable NS (NS with negative VDRL/RPR tests). For this purpose, CSF and serum MIF concentrations were determined in 43 NS and 43 syphilis/non-NS (N-NS) patients at the Zhongshan Hospital of the Medical College of Xiamen University from July 2014 to June 2015...
October 14, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Cuini Wang, Kaiqi Wu, Qian Yu, Sufang Zhang, Zixiao Gao, Yudan Liu, Liyan Ni, Yuanyuan Cheng, Zhifang Guan, Mei Shi, Haikong Lu, Yongliang Lou, Pingyu Zhou
At present, diagnosis for neurosyphilis remains a major clinical challenge. Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) titer of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is suboptimally sensitive to diagnose neurosyphilis, which can be negative in neurosyphilis patients, especially in asymptomatic neurosyphilis patients. In the search for biomarkers of neurosyphilis, we investigated the chemokine profile in CSF of neurosyphilis patients and found that the concentrations of CXCL13, CXCL10 and CXCL8 were selectively elevated in neurosyphilis patients and correlated with CSF protein concentration and CSF-VDRL titer...
2016: Scientific Reports
D Guedes de Carvalho, J Bouleau, M Pichenot, S Dive, L Duthoit, E Auxenfants, O Carpentier
BACKGROUND: The clinical polymorphism of syphilis leads to diagnostic issues. We report a case of secondary syphilis revealed by skin and mucosal erosions, and responsible for sensorineural hearing loss and asymptomatic papillitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 55-year-old man presented oral and peri-anal erosions as the initial symptoms of secondary syphilis. He reported hypoacusis and a pure-tone audiogram revealed bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Ophthalmological investigation revealed isolated right papillitis and superior temporal scotoma with blind-spot enlargement...
September 16, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Mónica Franco, Vanda Nogueira
PURPOSE: We report on a case of unilateral acute syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis (ASPPC) with spontaneous resolution of the lesions, and discuss the role of an altered versus adequate immune response as the major pathogenic factor. METHODS: We describe a case of acute loss of visual acuity (VA) in the left eye (LE) in a 55-year-old healthy man. RESULTS: The patient presented with VA of 20/20 in the right eye (RE) and hand movements in the LE...
2016: GMS Ophthalmol Cases
Cristian Vallejo, Yolanda Cifuentes
INTRODUCTION: Congenital syphilis is a preventable disease. However, the incidence in Colombia has increased and reached the figure of 3.28 cases per 1,000 live births in 2011.  OBJECTIVE: To characterize newborns with congenital syphilis and describe follow-up over 6 months following their diagnosis and treatment.  MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between August, 2011, and February, 2012, in Hospital La Victoria, sede Instituto Materno Infantil, newborns with congenital syphilis were identified and treated...
2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Roberta Duarte Bezerra Pinto, Thiago Rubim Bellott Batista Nascimento, Jhéssica Pacheco Bicalho de Andrade, Fernanda Policarpo, Rogério Ribeiro Estrella, Enoi Guedes Vilar
Syphilis is an infectious disease with mucocutaneous lesions that are characteristic of their stage (primary, secondary, or tertiary). These are not always typical and may have other morphologies and unusual symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. The report herein is of a healthy woman with vesicular lesions associated with intense itching.  The diagnosis of secondary syphilis was confirmed with VDRL 1/512 and FTA Abs positive.  Histopathology showed spongiosis in the epidermis and infiltrated lymphocytes and plasma cell in the dermis...
2016: Dermatology Online Journal
Clélia Vanhaecke, Philippe Grange, Nadjet Benhaddou, Philippe Blanche, Dominique Salmon, Perrine Parize, Olivier Lortholary, Eric Caumes, Isabelle Pelloux, Olivier Epaulard, Jérôme Guinard, Nicolas Dupin
BACKGROUND:  Syphilis remains a significant public health problem. We conducted a prospective study to define more precisely the clinical and biological characteristics of patients with neurosyphilis (NS), and we assessed the diagnostic value of nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Treponema pallidum in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. METHODS:  From 2001 to 2013, we included 40 patients (90% men; 45% infected with human immunodeficiency virus) with NS, defined as syphilis with neurological and/or ophthalmological symptoms and CSF abnormalities...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
A Leclercq, E Cinotti, B Labeille, B Cribier, A C Biron, C Vermersch, J Montlouis, F Cambazard, J L Perrot
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Herein we report the case of an 18-year-old pregnant patient presenting with plantar and ano-genital lesions of syphilis, pharyngitis, erythematosus and scalynasolabial intertrigo and angular cheilitis. REFLECTANCE CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY: In vivo reflectance confocal microscopy examination (Vivascope 3000(®); Caliber Inc, Rochester, NY, USA, distributed in France by Mavig, Munich) of ano-genital lesions enabled us to identify hyper-reflective elongated rods in the papillary dermis suggesting spirochetes...
August 23, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Serap Ural, Behiye Özer, Fazıl Gelal, Derya Dirim Erdoğan, Nurbanu Sezak, Recep Balık, Tuna Demirdal, Metin Korkmaz
Toxocariasis caused by Toxocara canis or less frequently by T.catis is a common parasitic infection worldwide. Clinical spectrum in humans can vary from asymptomatic infection to serious organ disfunction depending on the load of parasite, migration target of the larva and the inflammatory response of the host. Transverse myelitis (TM) due to toxocariasis is an uncommon illness identified mainly as case reports in literature. In this report, a case of TM who was diagnosed as neurotoxocariasis by serological findings has been presented...
July 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
Alessandro Ricardo Caruso da Cunha, Edgar Merchan-Hamann
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence and investigate the factors associated with syphilis in parturient women in Brazil. METHOD: This nationwide cross-sectional population-based study, with regional representativeness, was carried out with parturient women aged 15 to 49 years delivering babies in public healthcare system/partner maternity facilities between January 2010 and December 2011. Syphilis screening was based on a rapid treponemal test. Diagnostic confirmation was based on the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test and additional treponemal tests...
December 2015: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Francesco Drago, Giulia Ciccarese, Francesco Broccolo, Giulia Sartoris, Paola Stura, Susanna Esposito, Alfredo Rebora, Aurora Parodi
The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of an enhanced treatment regimen for syphilis with the addition of doxycycline and ceftriaxone to the conventional benzathine penicillin G (BPG) treatment. Sixty-nine syphilis patients were recruited and were randomly assigned to two groups: group 1 (38 patients) received standard therapy and group 2 (31 patients) received the enhanced therapy. All patients were followed-up for at least 12 months. Patients underwent physical examination and serology every 6 months as well as echocardiography and neurological examination every year...
June 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
W S Nambei, D Rawago-Mandjiza, E Gbangbangai
The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of HIV, the hepatitis B and C viruses, and syphilis as well the risk factors for these diseases among blood donors in Bangui, Central Africa Republic. This cross-sectional study examined samples from donors giving blood in August and September, 2013. HIV1/2 antibodies was screened with the Determine and Unigold HIV tests. Hepatitis B surface antigens were detected by sandwich immunochromatographic methods (DIAspot HBsAg test), and antibodies to HCV by the DIAspot test strip...
May 1, 2016: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
M Costa-Silva, C Azevedo, F Azevedo, C Lisboa
BACKGROUND: Current treatment guidelines for early stages of syphilis are the same regardless of HIV serostatus. There is still controversy about the best treatment for syphilis in HIV patients and the current recommendations are based on limited data. OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this study was to compare the serological response rates to a single dose vs. three weekly doses of benzathine penicillin G (BPG) in HIV-infected patients with early syphilis and to assess the adequacy of current recommendations...
June 22, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Ting Dai, Xinjun Wu, Shaona Zhou, Qianqiu Wang, Daning Li
BACKGROUND: Syphilis with ocular involvement has reemerged as a critical health problem. The aim of the present study was to explore the clinical manifestations and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) status in ocular syphilis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative patients. METHODS: The clinical records of patients with ocular syphilis presenting to the Shanghai Xuhui Central Hospital in the period from January 2011 to December 2012 were retrospectively reviewed...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Dirk Roggenbuck, Maria Orietta Borghi, Valentina Somma, Thomas Büttner, Peter Schierack, Katja Hanack, Claudia Grossi, Caterina Bodio, Paolo Macor, Philipp von Landenberg, Francesco Boccellato, Michael Mahler, Pier Luigi Meroni
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) can be detected in asymptomatic carriers and infectious patients. The aim was to investigate whether a novel line immunoassay (LIA) differentiates between antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and asymptomatic aPL+ carriers or patients with infectious diseases (infectious diseases controls (IDC)). METHODS: Sixty-one patients with APS (56 primary, 22/56 with obstetric events only, and 5 secondary), 146 controls including 24 aPL+ asymptomatic carriers and 73 IDC were tested on a novel hydrophobic solid phase coated with cardiolipin (CL), phosphatic acid, phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylserine, beta2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI), prothrombin, and annexin V...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Vincent Covelli, Dipen B Khanapara, Edgar R Naut
UNLABELLED: Penicillin encephalopathy is a rare, potentially reversible phenomenon of drug-induced neurotoxicity. CASE: A 65-year-old female with a history of HIV was admitted with a three-day history of worsening headache, confusion, and lethargy. On examination she was awake but confused. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test returned positive and the patient was started on intravenous penicillin G with probenecid...
March 2016: Connecticut Medicine
E Firlag-Burkacka, P Swiecki, I Cielniak, E Siwak, J Gizinska, E Bakowska, J Kubicka, P Pulik, J Kowalski, R Podlasin, A Horban
BACKGROUND: Syphilis is an infection frequently seen with HIV, and European guidelines on the management of syphilis suggest that HIV-infected patients may have an increased risk of early neurological involvement, sometimes asymptomatic. Recent study shows a relationship between neurosyphilis and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) HIV viral load (VL), which in turn may be associated with subsequent neurocognitive decline. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: The aim of the study was estimation of the frequency of neurosyphilis among HIV-positive patients with early syphilis...
May 2016: HIV Medicine
Ping Lu, Dao-Cheng Zheng, Chang Fang, Jin-Mei Huang, Wu-Jian Ke, Liu-Yuan Wang, Wei-Ying Zeng, He-Ping Zheng, Bin Yang
Little is known regarding protein responses to syphilis infection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients presenting with neurosyphilis. Protein and antibody arrays offer a new opportunity to gain insights into global protein expression profiles in these patients. Here we obtained CSF samples from 46 syphilis patients, 25 of which diagnosed as having central nervous system involvement based on clinical and laboratory findings. The CSF samples were then analyzed using a RayBioH L-Series 507 Antibody Array system designed to simultaneously analyze 507 specific cytokines...
April 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Ronald Salamano, Raquel Ballesté, Abayubá Perna, Natalia Rodriguez, Diego Lombardo, Natalia García, Pablo López, Pablo Cappuccio
Lumbar puncture in neurologically asymptomatic HIV+ patients is still under debate. There are different criteria for detecting neurosyphilis through cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), especially in cases that are negative through the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL), regarding cellularity and protein content. However, a diagnosis of neurosyphilis can still exist despite negative VDRL. Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay (TPHA) titers and application of the TPHA index in albumin and IgG improve the sensitivity, with a high degree of specificity...
February 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Prabhav Aggarwal, Sonali Bhattar, Satyendra K Sahani, Preena Bhalla, Vijay K Garg
Homosexuality is not legally and socially accepted in India. Thus, this area of research has largely been ignored by Indian authors, resulting in dearth of knowledge, particularly with respect to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in this high-risk group. Over a period of two years (2013-2014), 738 males sought care at skin and venereal diseases clinics, 52 (7.05%, 95% CI=5.4-9.14%) of who identified themselves as MSM and were enrolled in the study. Diagnosis was made on the basis of clinical presentation and laboratory testing, wherever indicated...
September 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
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