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Screening for syphilis in an aged psychiatrically impaired population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  983014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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 percent) had an actual past or present syphilitic infection as confirmed by the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-Abs). In six patients (2.8 percent) syphilis was newly detected, and in another two patients previously detected syphilis had been inadequately treated. Only two (0.9 percent) 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.
M A Raskind; C Eisdorfer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Western journal of medicine     Volume:  125     ISSN:  0093-0415     ISO Abbreviation:  West. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1976 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-01-03     Completed Date:  1977-01-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410504     Medline TA:  West J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  361-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
False Positive Reactions
Mass Screening*
Mental Disorders / complications
Syphilis / diagnosis*
Syphilis Serodiagnosis

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