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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133821/incidence-of-asymptomatic-neurosyphilis-in-serofast-chinese-syphilis-patients
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Sheng Nan Cai, Jing Long, Chen Chen, Gang Wan, Wen Hui Lun
More new diagnosed syphilis cases were reported in china, the incidence and relevant factors of asymptomatic neurosyphilis (ANS) in serofast syphilis patients were unclear. Clinical and laboratory data of 402 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) negative, serofast syphilis patients, who underwent lumbar puncture at the Peking University Ditan Teaching Hospital between September 2008 and August 2016, were collected. Incidence of ANS was verified and the relevant factors were further analyzed. According to the ANS criteria, 139 (34...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117430/biological-false-positive-venereal-disease-research-laboratory-test-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-the-diagnosis-of-neurosyphilis-a-case-control-study
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S Zheng, R J Lin, Y H Chan, Ccl Ngan
BACKGROUND: There is no clear consensus on the diagnosis of neurosyphilis. The Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has traditionally been considered the gold standard for diagnosing neurosyphilis, but is widely known to be insensitive. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we compared the clinical and laboratory characteristics of true positive VDRL-CSF cases with biological false positive VDRL-CSF cases. METHODS: We retrospectively identified cases of true and false positive VDRL-CSF across a 3-year period received by the Immunology and Serology Laboratory, Singapore General Hospital...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090106/orofacial-involuntary-movements-in-neurosyphilis-beyond-the-candy-sign
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Abhishek Lenka, Naveen Thota, Albert Stezin, Pramod Kumar Pal, Ravi Yadav
BACKGROUND: Involvement of the central nervous system in patients with syphilis (neurosyphilis) may result in several neuropsychiatric symptoms. Rarely, patients with neurosyphillis may develop movement disorders with different phenomenology. Subtle orofacial dyskinesias have been reported in patients with neurosyphilis, known as the candy sign. CASE REPORT: We describe a patient with neurosyphilis who presented with severe orofacial involuntary movements. DISCUSSION: Our patient had orofacial movements at presentation and severity of the movements was much higher than the candy sign that has been reported in patients with neurosyphilis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081366/central-nervous-system-infections-in-the-absence-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-pleocytosis
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Hakan Erdem, Derya Ozturk-Engin, Yasemin Cag, Seniha Senbayrak, Asuman Inan, Esra Kazak, Umit Savasci, Nazif Elaldi, Haluk Vahaboglu, Rodrigo Hasbun
Previous multicenter/multinational studies were evaluated to determine the frequency of the absence of cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis in patients with central nervous system infections, as well as the clinical impact of this condition. It was found that 18% of neurosyphilis, 7.9% of herpetic meningoencephalitis, 3% of tuberculous meningitis, 1.7% of Brucella meningitis, and 0.2% of pneumococcal meningitis cases did not display cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis. Most patients were not immunosuppressed. Patients without pleocytosis had a high rate of unfavorable outcomes and thus this condition should not be underestimated...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069031/clinical-manifestations-and-treatment-outcomes-of-syphilitic-uveitis-in-hiv-negative-patients-in-china-a-retrospective-case-study
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Jiang Zhu, Yuan Jiang, Yewen Shi, Bo Zheng, Zhiguo Xu, Wei Jia
Syphilitic chorioretinitis should be included in differential diagnosis of any form of ocular inflammation. A significantly higher proportion of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients with ocular syphilis as compared to HIV-negative cases have been reported in published studies. However, the clinical signs and symptoms are more insidious in HIV-negative patients who are easily misdiagnosed. We report a series of cases of ocular syphilis and describe the clinical manifestations and treatment outcomes of syphilitic chorioretinitis in HIV-negative patients in China...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053397/combined-intravitreal-and-systemic-antibiotic-therapy-in-a-patient-with-syphilitic-uveitis
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Arjun B Sood, William A Pearce, Kimberly A Workowski, James Lockwood, Steven Yeh
PURPOSE: To report the novel use of combined intravitreal and systemic antibiotic therapy in a patient with syphilitic panuveitis and discuss the management of ocular syphilis. METHODS: Case report Results: A 45-year old heterosexual male with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) presented with 1 month of blurry vision in both eyes. Clinical examination revealed a bilateral panuveitis. The patient denied history of genital lesions or rash, but did complain of difficulty hearing bilaterally...
October 20, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037341/-neurosyphilis-an-age-old-problem-that-is-still-relevant-today
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Juliana Galindo, Juan Felipe Mier, Carlos Alberto Miranda, Juan Carlos Rivas
Neurosyphilis is the clinical manifestation of syphilis that can arise during either the early or late stages of infection. Even though dedicated treatment for all clinical forms of syphilis has been available for many years, the advanced stages of the disease are still prevalent, with irreversible sequelae. This article reviews the current evidence, diagnostic methods and specific treatment for tertiary syphilis.
October 2017: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020491/ocular-syphilis-an-update
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Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Elizabeth J Chen, Janika Shah, Dawn Ching Wen Ho, Jyotirmay Biswas, Leo See Yin, Vishali Gupta, Carlos Pavesio, Rupesh Agrawal
This review aims to provide an update on the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of ocular syphilis. While ocular syphilis is not a new phenomenon, recent resurgence in the incidence of overall syphilis, particularly among HIV-positive individuals, has sparked a new interest in an old disease. The challenge of ocular syphilis is manifold: firstly, it manifests in a spectrum of ways that can occur at any stage of the disease, with the most common finding being panuveitis. It may occur as early as 6 weeks after transmission and may be the only presenting feature of systemic syphilis; secondly, the relationship between HIV and syphilis has been established, as primary syphilis facilitates HIV transmission and HIV may modify the natural course of syphilis, increasing the propensity of the disease to progress to neurosyphilis...
October 11, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020214/how-well-do-neurologic-symptoms-identify-individuals-with-neurosyphilis
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Arielle P Davis, Joshua Stern, Lauren Tantalo, Sharon Sahi, Sarah Holte, Shelia Dunaway, Christina M Marra
Background: Current guidelines recommend lumbar puncture (LP) in patients with syphilis who have neurologic syndromes. Methods: 81 HIV-uninfected individuals and 385 HIV-infected individuals enrolled in a study of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) abnormalities in syphilis underwent LP and a structured symptom history, including assessment of headache; stiff neck; photophobia; ocular inflammation; vision, hearing or sensory loss; or gait incoordination. Neurosyphilis was defined as a reactive CSF-Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test...
September 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993174/meningovascular-neurosyphilis-with-basilar-artery-thrombosis-in-hiv-patient
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Edgar Perez Barragán, Elena Urdez Hernández, Bernardo Pérez Orozco, Mariela Sánchez González
Currently, neurosyphilis is an uncommon disease and may occur at any stage of syphilis. Co-infection of syphilis with HIV can affect the clinical course. We report a case of meningovascular neurosyphilis in a patient with HIV in whom basilar artery thrombosis and reactive VDRL in CSF were detected. Treatment with penicillin was instituted with adequate response showing clinical improvement. Neurosyphilis is a differential diagnosis in young patients with cerebral infarction, especially in HIV patients.
October 6, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953791/neurosyphilis-the-white-matter-disintegration-two-case-reports
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Monika Czarnowska-Cubała, Adam Włodarczyk, Joanna Szarmach, Katarzyna Gwoździewicz, Joanna Pieńkowska, Mariusz S Wiglusz, Wiesław Jerzy Cubała, Krzysztof Krysta
BACKGROUND: There is evidence for neurosyphilis being associated with the central nervous system vasculitis involving medium and small vessels. As the hemispheric white matter is the major target of these vascular alterations the white matter axonal and myelination disruption may be observed employing measure for the rate of water molecule diffusion. High apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) correspond to unimpeded water diffusion and indicating white matter disintegration. CASE REPORTS: In a retrospective study exploringcentral nervous system magnetic resonance (MR) images of two subjects presenting with neurosyphilis the ADC values were found to be increased as related to normal values being accompanied with normal appearing white matter of hemispheres...
September 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953787/neurosyphilis-presenting-with-cognitive-deficits-a-report-of-two-cases
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Adam Włodarczyk, Joanna Szarmach, Katarzyna Jakuszkowiak-Wojten, Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik, Mariusz S Wiglusz
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis is an infection of the brain or spinal cord caused by Treponema pallidum. In the third phase of syphilis involving the central nervous system it may manifest in a widespread dysfunctions including psychiatric manifestations being often underestimated in the differential diagnosis. CASE REPORTS: Two patients demonstrating rapid cognitive decline as the primary symptom for neurosyphillis are described with particular focus on the diagnostic process complexity and adequate treatment delivery...
September 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939990/mri-findings-in-a-case-of-lissauer-form-of-neurosyphilis
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Elise Faraut, David Wallon, Elisabeth Gueit, Claire Chapuzet, Romain Lefaucheur
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September 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936074/syndromes-of-rapidly-progressive-cognitive-decline-our-experience
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Lakshminarayanapuram Gopal Viswanathan, Anupama Ramakanth Pai, Rahul Wahatule, Suvarna Alladi
BACKGROUND: Dementias are fairly slowly progressive degenerative diseases of brain for which treatment options are very less and carry a lot of burden on family and society. A small percentage of them are rapidly progressive and mostly carry a different course outcome. However, there are no definite criteria other than the time line for these patients. AIMS: The aim of this was to identify and categorize the causes and course of rapidly progressive dementias seen in our center...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931218/aberrant-humoral-immune-responses-in-neurosyphilis-cxcl13-cxcr5-play-a-pivotal-role-for-b-cell-recruitment-to-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Qian Yu, Yuanyuan Cheng, Yuanyuan Wang, Cuini Wang, Haikong Lu, Zhifang Guan, Jian Huang, Weiming Gong, Mei Shi, Liyan Ni, Juan Wu, Ruirui Peng, Pingyu Zhou
Background: Previous studies documented that humoral immune responses participated in neurological damage in neurosyphilis patients. However, the mechanisms that trigger and maintain humoral immunity involved in neurosyphilis remain unknown. Methods: Using flow cytometry, expression of B cells was measured in neurosyphilis and non-neurosyphilis. Expression of immunoglobulin indices and chemokine ligand CXCL13 was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The migration and inhibition assays were evaluated by modified chamber assays...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928997/neurosyphilis-with-concomitant-cryptococcal-and-tuberculous-meningitis-in-a-patient-with-aids-report-of-a-unique-case
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Jose Armando Gonzales Zamora, Luis Alberto Espinoza, Rita N Nwanyanwu
Meningitis in individuals living with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is most frequently infectious in origin and usually due to opportunistic infections. The most common pathogens are Cryptococcus neoformans and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Treponema pallidum causes neurosyphilis and can complicate HIV infections at any time after the initial infection. Simultaneous infections of the central nervous system caused by these pathogens are very uncommon even in the setting of severe immunosuppression...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923897/controlled-human-malaria-infection-applications-advances-and-challenges
#17
Danielle I Stanisic, James S McCarthy, Michael F Good
Controlled Human Malaria Infection (CHMI) entails deliberate infection with malaria parasites either by mosquito bite or direct injection of sporozoites or parasitised erythrocytes. When required, the resulting blood-stage infection is curtailed by the administration of anti-malarial drugs. Inducing a malaria infection via inoculation with infected blood was first used as a treatment (malariotherapy) for neurosyphilis in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s. More recently, CHMI has been applied to the fields of malaria vaccine and drug development where it is used to evaluate products in well-controlled early phase proof-of-concept clinical studies thus facilitating progression of only the most promising candidates for further evaluation in malaria-endemic areas...
September 18, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876294/reported-cases-of-neurosyphilis-among-early-syphilis-cases-united-states-2009-to-2015
#18
Alex de Voux, Sarah Kidd, Elizabeth A Torrone
The surveillance of neurosyphilis, an uncommon but severe consequence of syphilis, is complex; surveillance classification of neurosyphilis requires a lumbar puncture and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. We examined the prevalence of reported neurosyphilis among primary, secondary, and early latent syphilis cases reported in the United States from 2009 to 2015. Overall, the prevalence of reported neurosyphilis from 2009 to 2015 was low (0.84%); however, this is likely an underestimate of the true burden in the United States...
August 10, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874252/-neurosyphilis-as-differential-diagnosis-in-psychiatry
#19
Rikke Maria Nielsen, Elena Sadovina
A 46-year-old previously healthy man was referred to a psychiatric department after debuting with persecutory delusions. He had symptoms of Parkinson's disease as well as a significant impairment of memory and cognitive function. Neurological tests detected discrete balance and rigidity problems. Paraclinical tests were normal, and neurologists explained the symptoms as side effects to the antipsychotic medication. A lumbar puncture showed high concentrations of leukocytes and protein, and syphilis screening was positive...
September 4, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867237/-neurosyphilis-a-retrospective-study-of-13-cases-at-strasbourg-university-hospital
#20
X Argemi, Y Hansmann, M Martin, N Lefebvre, N Douiri, D Christmann, J-B Chanson, A Sauer, S De Martino
OBJECTIVE: After a decade of constant decline, the number of syphilis cases has been steadily increasing since the 2000s, particularly in HIV infected patients. Neurosyphilis is a rare manifestation of this sexually transmitted disease for which we performed a retrospective study and analyzed clinical manifestations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed retrospectively all the neurosyphilis cases admitted to Strasbourg University Hospital between 2004 and 2014. We included and analyzed 13 patients admitted during this period who met the diagnostic criteria for neurosyphilis...
October 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
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