Syphilis Blood Test Accuracy

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neurosyphilis or tertiary syphilis and testing

hello, is neurosyphilis only detected through a test by taking the spinal fluid? Or are the tppa and fta abs test accurate in detecting this stage of the disease.if so what is the accuracy. same questions with tertiary syphilis or late syphilis, is...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...most part, neurosyphilis is detected by doing syphilis tests on spinal fluid. You cannot make a definitive diagnosis from just blood tests. Late latent syphilis without neurosyphilis can be diagnosed with blood tests. The tests are quite accurate. Read more »

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...syphilis through a laboratory: Identifying the bacteria under a microscope in a sample taken from a chancre Performing a blood test for syphilis If your doctor thinks you might have neurosyphilis, your spinal fluid will be tested as well. ... Read more »
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