Treatment of Psychiatric Symptoms Associated With Neurosyphilis

ArticleinPsychosomatics 48(5):440-5 · September 2007with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.86 · DOI: 10.1176/appi.psy.48.5.440 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    There is currently no consensus on how to manage the psychiatric manifestations of neurosyphilis, despite the resurgence of this condition. The authors present five cases of neurosyphilis in inpatient psychiatric settings that manifested with predominantly psychiatric symptoms and were appropriately diagnosed and successfully treated with psychotropic medication concurrent with antibiotic therapy. A review of available data reveals that presently there are no specific guidelines to address psychiatric symptomatology in neurosyphilis. The authors see merit in the prudent use of psychotropic medication to achieve symptom stabilization.