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Can you really go crazy from syphilis?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
Yes: In the past when syphilis was common, the so called tertiary type occurring years later in the course of disease caused the so called gpi (general paresis of the insane) mistaken for purely psychiatric disease.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
This is correct. And it's still around.
Nov 12, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes - neurosyphilis: Neurosyphilis (tertiary phase)can present as delirium, dementia, mania, paranoia or psychosis. Encephalitis can present in the quaternary phase.

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