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Stroke secondary to syphilis

  • Definition

    Stroke is life-threatening complication of a long-term syphilis infection.

    Alternative Names

    Syphilitic stroke

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Untreated, late-stage tertiary syphilis can cause inflammation and blockage of the arteries that supply the brain. A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. Stroke can lead to brain tissue damage.