C. W. BARNETT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In 1942 Dattner and Thomas1 pointed out that the most important indication of activity in neurosyphilis is the cell count in the spinal fluid. They believe that there is always a pleocytosis in progressive infections, and that a normal white count is good evidence of inactivity. Positive serologic tests or abnormal colloidal gold curves may persist for years in completely quiescent infections and may be disregarded. An elevated protein is of some significance, but is less important than the cell count. The outcome of treatment is considered to be entirely satisfactory if the cell count is normal and the protein
BARNETT CW. RECURRENT ATTACKS OF GENERAL PARESIS AFTER 12 AND 18 YEARS1. Ann Intern Med. ;53:585–589. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-3-585
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(3):585-589.
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