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Does neurosyphilis affect the body as well as the brain?

Does neurosyphilis affect the body as well as the brain?

Yes: Neurosyphillis is just a late manifestation of syphilis that infects the body. By definition, neurosyphillis is used to describe syphilis which affects not only the brain, but any areas of the nervous system (spinal cord, nerves), but it is just a manifestation of a chronic syphillis infection that may affect virtually anywhere in the body. ...Read more

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Neurosyphilis (Definition)

Neurosyphilis = Infection by Treponema pallidum causing central nervous system ...Read more


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How does the human brain produce neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine?

How does the human brain produce neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine?

ACH synthesis brain: Ach in the brain is produced from acetyl-coa (from glucose metabolism) & from choline, which is actively transported across blood-brain barrier. Most dietary choline comes from phosphatidyl choline (major phospholipid in membranes of plants&animals) acetyl-coa & choline are independently synthesized in neuron cell body & transported along axon to synapse where they are joined into acetylcholine. ...Read more

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Which areas of the body does alzheimer's affect other than the brain?

Which areas of the body does alzheimer's affect other than the brain?

Multiple areas: Legs, (walking), arms, hands, swallowing, fatigue, speech- these usually don't come on suddenly. I've found memory loss most common.- minnesota mental test helpful for determining early onset. ...Read more

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During post strep glomerulonephritis, can it weaken the defence system as well as affect tissue repair ability of the reproductive organs and tissues?

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During post strep glomerulonephritis, can it weaken the defence system as well as affect tissue repair ability of the reproductive organs and tissues?

No: The effect is on the kidney and would not have affected other organs. Although once common, this is really a rare complication from a strep infection over the past several decades at least in the US. ...Read more

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How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

Hernia is a : Mechanical defect, so it should not affect immune system. If it involves organs, such as intestine, it will affect that organs function. ...Read more

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What part of the brain is known as the drug reward system?

What part of the brain is known as the drug reward system?

Various parts: of the medial forebrain have been implicated in reward systems. (Nucleus Accumbens, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, septal nuclei) It also depends on the drug. It turns out that for some drugs like cocaine the repeated use of the drug is dependent on Gabaergic NucAcc neurons combined with increased thickness of a leather pouch known as the wallet. ...Read more

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Is it true that a breast MRI can pick up problems in other parts of the body such as the kidneys?

No: Breast MRI evaluates only the breast tissue (and the very close by chest wall) and is not capable of imaging any other part of the body. ...Read more

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How can brain damage affect the gastrointestinal system in a negative manner?

How can  brain damage affect the gastrointestinal system in a negative manner?

Brain damage: It really depends on where the damage occurred. If the lower part of the brain, that is the brain stem is injured then there can be swallowing issues and GI motility issues. Because the GI tract has its own innervation it is usually sparred in brain trauma. ...Read more

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How does the cardiovascular system work with other systems in the body?

How does the cardiovascular system work with other systems in the body?

Supplies blood: the CV system supplies blood to all the other systems in the body to help deliver oxygen and remove waste. ...Read more

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How can steroids affect the body and the brain?

How can  steroids affect the body and the brain?

Steroids are diouble: They cut both ways. We use them for brain swelling from any cause especially if there is tumor in the brain. But steroids have bad side effects like, fluid retention, swelling of the face, increase in blood sugar and weakened proximal muscles of the arms and legs. So we like to use them only when they are essential and use the lowest dose necessary.. ...Read more

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How does secondary brain cancer get into the brain? Can it cross the blood brain barrier?

How does secondary brain cancer get into the brain? Can it cross the blood brain barrier?

Yes!: Cabncer cells travel via the blood and can get to the brain just like they do to all other body parts/sites. They are very invasive and are capable of breaking the blood brain barrier easily! ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor cause problems in other parts of the body? (ex: stomach ulcers, sickness) if a brain tumor is present near the optical part of the brain, can it cause problems in the body such as sickness?

Can a brain tumor cause problems in other parts of the body? (ex: stomach ulcers, sickness) if a brain tumor is present near the optical part of the brain, can it cause problems in the body such as sickness?

Yes and no: The tumor itself does not cause other problems but the side effects of the medicines used in treatment, like steroids, can. Optical tract brain tumors do not usually cause symptoms other than visual disturbances unless they are very large in size. ...Read more

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The function of the spinal cord and how does it work with the brain?

The function of the spinal cord and how does it work with the brain?

Fiberoptic cables: Like phone cords, the brain connects down through the brainstem by tracts like fiberoptic cables connecting the motor/sensory areas of the brain to the areas of the spinal cord sending out nerves to your body. Long and very complex but wonderfully made! ...Read more

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Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Prion: Prions are proteins that have changed conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells won't work. The prions' also causes other normal proteins to misfold and make more prions, spreading the process. The prions affect many cells in the body, but they particularly harm nerve cells in the brain, causing progressive rapid degeneration. They are not alive, and have no dna. ...Read more

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Does Mylanta affect the way diabetic drugs work in your body as far as how they work?

Does Mylanta affect the way diabetic drugs work in your body as far as how they work?

Mylanta: Mylanta is unlikely to be related to diabetes. If you have symptoms that are of concern to you, a visit to your doctor would be in order. You can also go online and learn what the effects of Mylanta would be. Most often very helpful. ...Read more

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Which chemicals in the brain does adderal affect?

Which chemicals in the brain does adderal affect?

Adderall action: Adderall acts upon a number of chemicals, primarily dopamine and norepinephrine. The main idea is that it helps stimulate parts of the brain that are not working up to par, specifically the frontal lobes. These changes have been documented on brain scans. I like this article which is pretty detailed but readable: http://fusion.net/story/169438/what-adderall-does-to-your-brain/ ...Read more

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How does inflammation of the CNS affect your body?

How does inflammation of the CNS affect your body?

Depends on cause: Multiple etiologies of CNS inflammation exist, many of which are chronic (infection more acute or subacute). Using the model of ms, we can see cognitive loss, fatigue, weakness, numbness, imbalance or incoordination, loss of vision, problems with bowel/bladder fnctn. So given this ballpark approach, different disorders can affect general fnctn. ...Read more

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Does neurosyphilis affect the body as well as the brain?

Yes: Neurosyphillis is just a late manifestation of syphilis that infects the body. By definition, neurosyphillis is used to describe syphilis which affects not only the brain, but any areas of the nervous system (spinal cord, nerves), but it is just a manifestation of a chronic syphillis infection that may affect virtually anywhere in the body. ...Read more

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What are information i need to know about neurosyphilis?

What are information i need to know about neurosyphilis?

Bad disease: If there is suspicion regarding syphilis infection, specific blood studies need to be done, and if concern of general infection, will also require lumbar puncture for spinal fluid analysis. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can virgins get neurosyphilis?

Possibly: The germ that causes syphilis can be passed from an infected mother to her infant during pregnancy and eventually cause NS in the kid. Since the germ could pass between persons engaged in non-vaginal sex, the germ could pass, cause syphilis and eventually cause NS in a virgin.It is most commonly passes during vaginal or anal sex, and results in NS after years without treatment. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could virgins get neurosyphilis?

Syphilis : Yes. Syphilis can be transmitted directly from a primary lesion on skin to an uninfected person without sexual contact. While this would be rare, it has happened in my practice. I would want to know more, but the accurate answer is yes. ...Read more

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How can I prevent neurosyphilis?

Protect yourself: Always make certain condoms are used and you won't get syphilis. ...Read more

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Is neurosyphilis a neurological problems?

Is neurosyphilis a neurological problems?

Neurosyphilis: Neurosyphilis is an infection of brain/spinal cord caused by untreated syphilis (caused by the bacteria treponema palladum). It is a late complication. It may be asymptomatic or manifest with different neurological problems (e.g. Abnormal walking, poor reflexes, dementia, etc...) a neurological exam (including imaging) and blood tests for syphilis are done. Treatment is usually with penicillin. ...Read more

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What s the difference between primary syphilis and neurosyphilis?

What s the difference between primary syphilis and neurosyphilis?

Stage of disease: Primary syphilis is characterized by the chancre, a firm based ulcer which is not tender. Neurological involvement occurs after the spirochaete disseminates through the blood stream and can appear as meninigoencephalitis in secondary syphilis or in late stage syphilis it may manifest as permanent brain impairment with many symptoms and signs. ...Read more

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Could virgins get neurosyphilis?

Define virgin: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. If a kid is born with it (mother to baby transmission) and left untreated, there is a possibility it could happen to someone with no prior history of sexual activity. A person has some sexual contact with a germ shedding body part (oral, anal sex) and get it without vaginal sex. I don't consider these folks virgins. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neurosyphilis?

What are the tests for neurosyphilis?

Neurosyphilis: Neurosyphilis is an infection of brain/spinal cord caused by untreated syphilis (caused by the bacteria treponema palladum). It is a late complication. It may be asymptomatic or manifest with different neurological problems (e.g. Abnormal walking, poor reflexes, dementia, etc...) a neurological exam (including imaging) and blood tests for syphilis are done. Treatment is usually with penicillin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neurosyphilis?

What are the symptoms of neurosyphilis?

Neurosyphilis: Neurosyphilis is an infection of brain/spinal cord caused by untreated syphilis (caused by the bacteria treponema palladum). It is a late complication. It may be asymptomatic or manifest with different neurological problems (e.g. Abnormal walking, poor reflexes, dementia, etc...) a neurological exam (including imaging) and blood tests for syphilis are done. Treatment is usually with penicillin. ...Read more

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What factors may lead to someone contracting neurosyphilis?

What factors may lead to someone contracting neurosyphilis?

Untreated syphilis: Untreated syphilis progresses, in most cases, to invasion of the brain and nervous system. This causes encephalitis and eventually dementia and death. ...Read more

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How long until syphilis turn into neurosyphilis?

How long until syphilis turn into neurosyphilis?

10-20 years: From the national library of medicine: neurosyphilis is caused by treponema pallidum, the bacteria that cause syphilis. It usually occurs about 10 - 20 years after a person is first infected with syphilis. Not everyone who has syphilis will develop this complication. ...Read more

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What is neurosyphilis?

Bad stuff: Neurosyphilis occurs when the brain and spinal cord become infected from treponema palladium, the syphilis spirochete. The outcomes include dementia, sometimes termed "general paresis", and tabes dorsalis, a bad spinal cord outcome. Diagnosis is facilitated by spinal fluid analysis, and lengthy antibiotic treatment may reverse much of the damage. ...Read more

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What is main difference between symptoms and diagnosis of asymptomatic neurosyphilis and TB meningitis? Can one be misdiagnosed as other?

What is main difference between symptoms and diagnosis of asymptomatic neurosyphilis and TB meningitis? Can one be misdiagnosed as other?

Big difference: Neurosyphilis is usually slow in onset and causes balance problems and dementia-like symptoms. Tb meningitis comes on more quickly and tends to cause double vision or numbness on the face, trouble talking, confusion or stroke-like symptoms. A spinal tap is the best way to make the diagnosis of either test. There is a blood test to look for a syphilis infection. ...Read more

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Negative FTA-ABS&VDRL&TPHA but took Doxy for 28 Days twice (Doc say incase). Still dark spots on palms and neg test. Why? Neurosyphilis?

No syphilis: Those test result prove you do not have syphilis and never did. Something else is the cause of the "dark spots" on your palms. And you cannot have neurosyphilis with those test results. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Haw adding wellbutrin to paxil (paroxetine) well help sexual side effect what well do well help The body or The brain explain for me pleas?

Haw adding wellbutrin to paxil (paroxetine) well help sexual side effect what well do well help The body or  The brain explain for me pleas?

Helps the biology: Sexual problems often occur with conditions for which paroxetene (Paxil) is prescribed. But they are not uncommon as side effects. In that case, they are a result of the bological action on the brain of paroxetene. Buproprion (Wellbutrin) has biologic effects on the brain which can reverse those particular effects of paroxetene. ...Read more

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I feel like even though I can breathe well there's not enough oxygen in my brain/ body in general (sometimes I get dizzy) what could it be?

I feel like even though I can breathe well there's not enough oxygen in my brain/ body in general (sometimes I get dizzy) what could it be?

Dyspnea: This can be for multiple reasons. Asthma/bronchospasm, exposure (carbon monoxide), anxiety. You should probably see or discuss this with someone. You could start with a Healthtap doc if problems persist. ...Read more