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Ugeskr Laeger. 2007 Aug 13;169(33):2645-6.

[Uveitis--a manifestation of syphilis].

[Article in Danish]

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Hvidovre Hospital, Infektionsmedicinsk Afdeling 144, Hvidovre.


We describe two cases of neurosyphilis whose diagnosis was based on ocular symptoms. Both patients were treated in the Eye Department for bilateral uveitis, and they were tested serologically positive for syphilis. The diagnoses of neurosyphilis were confirmed by demonstration of CSF pleocytosis and specific intrathecal antibody production. Both patients were treated with 21 million units of penicillin IV daily for 15 days. Ocular syphilis is an unusual manifestation of the disease but should be considered in patients with uveitis of uncertain origin, especially if the patient has a rash and/or headache.

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