Neurosyphilis refers to the infection of the brain and spinal cord by
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. Symptoms of neurosyphilis usually include:
Personality changes, such as confusion and
Children with autism find it difficult to socialize with their peers and many of our children with autism lack appropriate play skills. The ability for our children to play is important because it can develop language and encourage imagination. Play can also lessen our children’s isolation and create opportunities to interact with their peers. Children often connect through play and having similar likes and dislikes. My typical child Hayden will identify friends by what they like to play with and...
because of lack of sensation (Charcot's joint).
control urine or stool (urinary or fecal incontinence).
Most forms of neurosyphilis take years to develop and can be
life-threatening. It is most common in people 30 to 50 years old.1 People who are also infected with human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) tend to develop signs of
Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and
stops the progress of neurosyphilis. But the damage that has already occurred
may not be reversed.
Augenbraun M (2006). Syphilis and the nonvenereal
treponematoses. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 7, chap. 6. New York: WebMD.
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September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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