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Int J Neurosci. 2008 Sep;118(9):1251-7. doi: 10.1080/00207450701239426.

Incidence and clinical presentation of neurosyphilis: a retrospective study of 81 cases.

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Psychatric Hospital, Athens, Greece.


Aim of the report was the study of the clinical features of neurosyphilis in the last 40 years (1965-2005). The investigation was based on the retrospective review of patients with neurosyphilis hospitalized in our hospital from 1965 to 2005 (period A: 1965-1984 and B: 1985-2005). Eighty one patients with neurosyphilis were studied. Typical forms represent 68.6% of cases of neurosyphilis in period A. In period B, 85.7% of the cases are presented with atypical clinical patterns. Typical forms of the disease were no longer common, while atypical and masked clinical patterns prevailed. Neuropsychiatric symptoms were the most common manifestations of the disease.

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