Neurosyphilis as a cause of facial and vestibulocochlear nerve dysfunction: MR imaging features

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Abstract

The prevalence of syphilis increased for several decades before the mid-1990s in the United States, particularly in the southern states. We report a case of neurosyphilis causing bilateral facial and vestibulocochlear nerve dysfunction in which the diagnosis was not initially suspected based on the patient's demographics and history. The MR imaging features helped to make the diagnosis in this case and to exclude other possible causes of multiple cranial nerve dysfunction in this patient. Hearing loss associated with neurosyphilis is one of the few treatable forms of progressive hearing loss, and it is essential that a diagnosis of neurosyphilis be made expeditiously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1673-1675
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Volume21
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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