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Syphilitic myelopathy

  • Alternative Names

    Locomotor ataxia


    Proper treatment and follow-up of primary syphilis infections reduces the risk of developing syphilitic myelopathy.

    If you are sexually active, practice safe sex and always use a condom.

    All pregnant women should be screened for syphilis.


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    Screening for Syphilis Infection . Topic Page. July 2004. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockland, MD. Accessed 6/28/2010.

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