|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 213-216
Schizophrenia-like psychosis as the presenting feature of neurosyphilis in a non-human immunodeficiency virus-infected Indian man: A reminder of a forgotten complication!
Sharmila Sarkar1, Malay Kumar Ghosal2, Sudip Kumar Ghosh3, Goutam Guha4
1 Department of Psychiatry, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Medical College Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Department of Neurology, N.R.S. Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Syphilis is a great masquerader of several diseases. About 4%–10% of patients with untreated syphilis may develop neurosyphilis (NS). Psychiatric manifestations may rarely be the presenting feature of NS. We describe herein a case of an elderly man who presented with psychosis and after thorough workup was diagnosed to be a case of a NS. Schizophrenia-like psychosis as the presenting and the only manifested feature of NS in a nonhuman immunodeficiency virus-infected patient was a unusual and noteworthy feature in the present case.
Dr. Sharmila Sarkar
Department of Psychiatry, Calcutta National Medical College, 72, Gorachand Road, Kolkata - 700 014, West Bengal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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