Rapidly Progressive Dementia in a Patient with a Prior History of Yaws Disease, Could this be Neuroyaws?
|Mervat Estefanos, Umair Janjua A, Walid M. Nassif, Robert M. Cohen and Adriana P. Hermida*|
|Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, Georgia|
|Corresponding Author :||Adriana Hermida
M.D, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Emory University, 12 Executive Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30329,
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received June 15, 2015; Accepted June 28, 2015; Published June 30, 2015|
|Citation: Estefanos M, Umair JA, Nassif WM, Cohen RM, Hermida AP (2015) Rapidly Progressive Dementia in a Patient with a Prior History of Yaws Disease, Could this be Neuroyaws?. J Gerontol Geriat Res 4:224. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000224|
|Copyright: © 2015 Estefanos M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Whether non-venereal treponematosis infection can cause neurological complications remains uncertain. We present a case of an elderly man with a childhood history of yaws infection and positive syphilis serology presenting with rapidly progressive dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms consistent with neurosyphilis. The patient passed away one year from the onset of symptoms following a rapid downhill course. Given the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, clinicians should be highly suspicious of the possibility of central nervous system involvement in patients with a prior history of non-venereal treponematosis.