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Neurosyphilis Signs And Symptoms To Watch Out For

According to a recent report, a man who struggled to walk and talk for months was diagnosed with neurosyphilis - a syphilis infection affecting the brain.

The man who the doctors did not identify was 50 years old and his case was explained in the British Medical Journal Case Reports.

The Daily Mail, which reviewed the information, revealed that the man claimed to have developed tremors. He also had uncontrolled eye movements three months prior he sought medical attention and suffered from muscle incoordination.

Doctors wrote in their report that the man's brain MRI showed damage particularly to his cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls speech and balance.

The result denies the links to sexual activities exposing him to risks of contracting the disease as well as rejects any histories of infections in his genitalia or ulcers.

The man’s decreased muscle control or voluntary movement incoordination, better yet known as ‘ataxia’, was also found to be connected to the impairment in his brain, as per the Mayo Clinic.

Further tests showed that he was also positive for Treponema Pallidum, the type of bacteria causing syphilis infection.

The bacteria is typically sexually transmitted and it initially appears as a small, painless sore.

Doctors are convinced that the man has neurosyphilis, which is a rare infection and a complication arising when syphilis infection was left untreated.

Neurosyphilis affects the brain or the spinal cord. It is therefore strongly advised to contact your health care provider if you have had syphilis before and are manifesting the following signs and symptoms:

  • Problems with thinking such as confusion or poor concentration
  • Mental problems such as depression or irritability
  • Headache, seizures, or stiff neck
  • Visual problems or even blindness
  • Abnormal gait or inability to walk
  • Numbness in the toes, feet, or legs
  • Tremors or weakness
  • Loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence

The condition is life-threatening. Its prevention and cure greatly depends on the prompt diagnosis and treatment of the original cause, which is the first syphilis infection.

Also, recovery from neurosyphilis is contingent on the severity of the disease before it was detected and treated.

syphilis In the year 2000, syphilis was all but wiped out. Over a decade later, and it's back on the rise. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention