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What problems with your nervous system are caused by syphilis?

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If it’s not treated, syphilis can cause problems with your nervous system. They include:

  • Severe headache
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Paralysis or inability to move part of your body
  • Numbness
  • A mental disorder called dementia
  • Blindness or changes to vision

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

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