Neurosyphilis tests

Tests could include:

  • A CSF smear is part of a series of laboratory tests performed on samples of a patient’s cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). A CSF smear is often combined with a CSF Gram stain to diagnose certain infectious diseases of the central nervous system. T...
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis is a way of looking for conditions that affect the brain and spine. It is a series of laboratory tests performed on a sample of CSF. CSF is the clear fluid that cushions and delivers nutrients to the central nerv...
  • The venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test is designed to assess whether or not you have syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection. Instead of testing for the bacteria that causes syphilis, the VDRL test checks for antibodies to this ba...
  • The cerebrospinal fluid venereal diseases research laboratory test is also called CSF-VDRL. The CSF-VDRL test is used to diagnose neurosyphilis, a late-stage form of syphilis that has infected the spinal cord and brain. Neurosyphilis develops in p...
  • Your body's immune system produces proteins known as antibodies when harmful substances are detected. These harmful substances, called antigens, take many forms, including parasites, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. The FTA-ABS blood test (fluorescen...
  • An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. Brain cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses, and an EEG can be used to help detect problems associated with this activity.
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy is one of twenty different kinds of epilepsy. It is characterized by recurring seizures that stem from the medial or lateral temporal lobes of the brain.
  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. It allows doctors to see details of your organs and tissues without having to make any incisions. Accordin...
  • A lumbar puncture is a medical procedure usually performed to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. The procedure is sometimes referred to as a spinal tap.
  • Cerebral angiography is a diagnostic test that can help your doctor find blockages in the blood vessels of your head and neck. These blockages can lead to a stroke or aneurysm. The doctor uses a catheter—a long, flexible tube—and an ex...
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