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Neurosyphilis presenting as pure cerebellar ataxia: an atypical manifestation
  1. Divyani Garg,
  2. Deepti Vibha,
  3. Awadh Kishor Pandit and
  4. Achal Kumar Srivastava
  1. Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Deepti Vibha, deeptivibha{at}


Neurosyphilis has become an uncommon diagnosis in the current era. Neurological manifestations of syphilis usually lie within the spectrum of meningovascular syphilis, tabes dorsalis or general paresis of the insane. Although sensory ataxia may occur as part of spinal cord involvement, cerebellar ataxia has been rarely described as a manifestation of neurosyphilis. In this report, we describe a rare case neurosyphilis presenting in the form of a pure pancerebellar syndrome of subacute progression.

  • meningitis
  • brain stem/cerebellum
  • infection (neurology)

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  • Contributors DG provided substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, the acquisition of data and drafted the manuscript. DV revised the manuscript critically for important intellectual content and provided final approval. AKP revised the manuscript for important intellectual content. AKS revised the manuscript for important intellectual content and provided final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.