Penicillin is used to treat neurosyphilis. The medicine may be given in various ways.
You must have follow-up blood tests at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months to make sure the infection is gone. You will need follow-up lumbar punctures for CSF fluid analysis every 6 months. If you have HIV or another medical condition, your follow-up schedule may be different.
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This is considered a life-threatening complication of syphilis. How well you do depends on how severe the neurosyphilis is before treatment.
The symptoms can get slowly worse.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have had syphilis in the past and now have signs of neurological problems.
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