Neurosyphilis refers to the infection of the brain and spinal cord by the syphilis bacteria. This can lead to destruction in many areas of the nervous system, causing loss of function of a person's arms or legs, loss of vision, and altered mental abilities. Neurosyphilis can affect many different body systems and may develop over an extended period of time.
What are the symptoms of neurosyphilis?
Common symptoms of neurosyphilis include:
Nausea and vomiting.
A stiff neck.
In some cases, neurosyphilis doesn't cause symptoms.
How is neurosyphilis treated?
Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and stops the progress of neurosyphilis. But the damage that has already occurred may not be reversed.
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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