Case 32-1991: Tests for Neurosyphilis

Steven G. Whitefield, Anita S. Everett, Michael F. Rein, Maureen R. Tierney, Michael L. Gruber

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To the Editor: In his discussion of neurosyphilis in Case 32–1991 (Aug. 8 issue),1 Dr. Gruber explains that because neurosyphilis is treatable and because of its interaction with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), it is important to consider the diagnosis of neurosyphilis and to reinstitute the routine use of the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test of serum and the use of the cerebrospinal fluid VDRL test when clinically indicated. We agree, except for the choice of the VDRL as the test for serum. We recommend the microhemagglutination test for Treponema pallidum (MHA-TP), especially in patients with human immunodeficiency virus…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1434
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 21 1992
Externally publishedYes

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