Atypical behavioral and psychiatric symptoms: neurosyphilis should always be considered

  • Lucas Lonardoni Crozatti Department of Internal Medicine - Hospital das Clínicas - Faculty of Medicine - University of São Paulo, São Paulo/SP
  • Marcelo Houat de Brito Department of Internal Medicine - Hospital das Clínicas - Faculty of Medicine - University of São Paulo, São Paulo/SP
  • Beatriz Noele Azevedo Lopes Department of Internal Medicine - Hospital das Clínicas - Faculty of Medicine - University of São Paulo, São Paulo/SP
  • Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos Department of Internal Medicine - Hospital Universitário - University of São Paulo, São Paulo/SP
Keywords: Neurosyphilis, Depression, Hallucinations, Diagnosis, Cerebrospinal fluid

Abstract

Syphilis still remains a major health concern worldwide because of the possibility of serious medical and psychological consequences, long-term disability, and death. Neurosyphilis (NS) may occur at any stage of infection. Its clinical presentation has been changing over recent years including psychiatric and neurocognitive symptoms. Several recent studies have described cases with these symptoms as the principal signs of NS. We present the case of neurosyphilis with a psychiatric presentation characterized by mood disturbance and auditory and visual hallucinations.

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Published
2015-09-28
How to Cite
Crozatti, L., Brito, M., Lopes, B., & Campos, F. (2015). Atypical behavioral and psychiatric symptoms: neurosyphilis should always be considered. Autopsy and Case Reports, 5(3), 43-47. Retrieved from http://www.revistas.usp.br/autopsy/article/view/107009
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Article / Clinical Case Report