general paresis

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 [pah-re´sis, par´ĕ-sis]
slight or incomplete paralysis. adj., adj paret´ic.
general paresis chronic meningoencephalitis from a syphilitic infection that is causing gradual loss of cortical function, resulting in progressive dementia and generalized paralysis; this may occur 10 to 20 years after an initial infection of syphilis in untreated individuals. Called also Bayle's disease and dementia paralytica.

pa·ret·ic neu·ro·syph·i·lis

a type of later tertiary syphilis, clinically manifested by progressive dementia (often with delusional systems), seizures, Argyll-Robertson pupils, dysarthria, myoclonic jerks, action tremors, generalized hyperreflexia, and Babinski signs; pathologic studies reveal a chronic frontotemporoparietal meningoencephalitis; formerly one of the major causes for insanity.

general paresis

Dementia and progressive muscular weakness leading to paralysis, occurring as a late consequence of syphilis.

general paresis

Neurology A symptom of late tertiary syphilis 10+ yrs after the initial infection, caused by chronic meningoencephalitis resulting in progressive dementia and generalized paralysis. See Syphilis.

general paresis


General paresis

A form of neurosyphilis in which the patient's personality, as well as his or her control of movement, is affected. The patient may develop convulsions or partial paralysis.
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