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Related to meningovascular neurosyphilis: meningovascular syphilis, paretic neurosyphilis, asymptomatic neurosyphilis
syphilitic meningeal infection accompanied by changes (inflammation, fibrous thickening) in the walls of the subarachnoid arteries, manifested as a stroke, with sudden onset of symptoms such as hemiplegia, aphasia, visual disturbances, etc., and abnormal CSF findings.
Etymology: Gk, meninx, membrane; L, vasculum, little vessel; Gk, neuron, nerve, syn, together, philein, to love
a neurosyphilis inflammation of the supporting and nutrient tissues of the central nervous system.
Infection of the central nervous system with Treponema pallidum, the spirochete that causes syphilis. It may produce acute or chronic meningitis, dementia, damage to the posterior columns, gummatous lesions, or myelopathy. The disease is diagnosed most often when cerebrospinal fluid tests positive for syphilis on standard serological testing with Venereal Disease Research Laboratories. In patients with AIDS, neurosyphilis is more common and more difficult to eradicate than in those with intact immunity.
Neurosyphilis that is clinically occult. It is diagnosed by changes in spinal fluid.