Neurosyphilis surge expected in the Top End

Dementia and stroke work-ups are uncovering undiagnosed disease
Jocelyn Wright

Doctors are being warned that a surge of Indigenous patients with undiagnosed neurosyphilis is likely in the Top End in coming years — a legacy of a long-running outbreak of Treponema pallidum infection.

Neurosyphilis is already considered a differential diagnosis for patients presenting with dementia or stroke in the NT, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians congress in Auckland was told this week.