Screening for syphilis in an aged psychiatrically impaired population

M. A. Raskind, C. Eisdorfer

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A serum Venereal Disease Research Laboratories (VDRL) test was carried out in 216 elderly patients with dementia or 'functional ' psychiatric illness, or both, as part of a community based screening program. The VDRL test was positive in 13 patients, 11 of whom (5.1%) had an actual past or present syphilitic infection as confirmed by the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA Abs). In six patients (2.8%) syphilis was newly detected, and in another two patients previously detected syphilis had been inadequately treated. Only two (0.9%) biologic false positive reactors were detected. These results question the belief that aging per se is a common cause of the biologic false positive reaction; and indicate a relatively high incidence of past or present syphilitic infection in geriatric patients with psychiatric illness in the community who have been referred for crisis intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Volume125
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

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Syphilis
Population
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Psychiatry
Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody-Absorption Test
False Positive Reactions
Crisis Intervention
Infection
Research
Geriatrics
Dementia
Incidence
Serum

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Screening for syphilis in an aged psychiatrically impaired population. / Raskind, M. A.; Eisdorfer, C.

In: Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 125, No. 5, 01.12.1976, p. 361-363.

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Raskind, MA & Eisdorfer, C 1976, 'Screening for syphilis in an aged psychiatrically impaired population', Western Journal of Medicine, vol. 125, no. 5, pp. 361-363.
Raskind, M. A. ; Eisdorfer, C. / Screening for syphilis in an aged psychiatrically impaired population. In: Western Journal of Medicine. 1976 ; Vol. 125, No. 5. pp. 361-363.
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