Neurosyphilis Presenting with Papillitis
Keywordsneurosyphilis, papillitis, treponema pallidus
Syphilis is one of the oldest described infectious diseases in the world and is caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum. Although now a rare disease, incidence is increasing with the number of diagnoses of the disease rising in England from 1688 to 2713 between 2003 and 2012 (a 61% increase). Major outbreaks of syphilis have been documented in London, Manchester, Dublin, and Brighton particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). Diagnosis remains difficult on account of multi-system symptoms, duration of the condition, and social stigma.
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