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Objectives: Syphilis is still a public health problem in the world. Israel is a country with high immigration rates, some of the new immigrants coming from countries with a high prevalence of syphilis.
Patients: We want to report a series of 7 patients admitted to the neurology ward at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rechovot, Israel with acute strokes which ultimately were attributed to meningo-vascular syphilis.
Methods: Retrospective observational study.
Results: Six patients are presented with acute ischemic stroke and 1 with intra parenchymal hematoma. There were 6 male patients and one female. The mean age of the patients was younger than that of stroke patients in Israel. There were 6 patients of Ethiopian origin and one born in Israel. All the patients had positive VDRL and TPHA serology in the blood and all the patients that had LP performed had positive syphilis ELISA in the liver. Conclusion: Neurosyphilis should be considered among patients with stroke and the presence of more “traditional” cardiovascular risk factors should not prevent us from considering it.
Nervous System, Viral Infection, Fungal Infection, Neuroinfectious Agents, Non-Polio Enterovirus Infections, Opisthorchis Infection,Sinus Infections,Central nervous system vasculitis,Central nervous system vasculitis