Subacute multicranial neuropathy revealing an early case of meningeal syphilis

Barbara Casolla, Giovanni Ristori, Andrea Romano, Alessandro Bozzao, Francesco Orzi

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We report a case of neurosyphilis presenting with meningitis and subacute multicranial neuropathy in a young immune-competent man. Signs of primary and secondary stages of syphilitic infection occurred almost contemporarily in our patient. MRI revealed the involvement of several cranial nerves. CSF examination proved to be diagnostic. Syphilitic meningitis should be considered among the differential diagnoses of subacute, multicranial neuropathy, or skull base meningitis. The clinical course of this patient shows that early diagnosis and treatment warrant a good neurological outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1034
Number of pages2
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 5 2015


  • Meningitis
  • Multicranial neuropathy
  • Neurosyphilis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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