How is syphilitic meningitis diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Diagnosis of syphilitic meningitis

Syphilitic meningitis is becoming more common in the AIDS era. It may coexist with the primary infection or follow it by as long as 2 years. Because of the lack of a typical clinical presentation, a Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test (VDRL) of CSF always must be included in the workup of aseptic meningitis.

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