Tabes Dorsalis

Syphilis of the spinal cord

tabes dorsalis

[n] - syphilis of the spinal cord characterized by degeneration of sensory neurons and stabbing pains in the trunk and legs and unsteady gait and incontinence and impotence
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Tabes dorsalis

tubercular infection of the spine
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Tabes dorsalis

late complication of syphilis infection in which there is loss of the dorsal spinal roots and dorsal columns. Patients therefore present with pain and profound proprioceptive deficits
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Tabes dorsalis

Tabes dorsalis: Slowly progressive degeneration of the spinal cord that occurs in the tertiary (third) phase of syphilis a decade or more after originally contracting the infection. Among the terrible features of tabes dorsalis are lancinating lightning-like pain, ataxia (wobbliness), deterioration of the nerves to the eyes (the optic nerves) leadi...
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tabes dorsalis

A condition that results from the destruction of the dorsal columns in the spinal cord, normally responsible for position sense. Loss of position sense causes severe gait and leg ataxia (balance and motor control problems). Tabes dorsalis can be the result of spinal cord injury or infection (syphilis). Results in a staggering wide-based gait, postu...
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tabes dorsalis

locomotor ataxia noun syphilis of the spinal cord characterized by degeneration of sensory neurons and stabbing pains in the trunk and legs and unsteady gait and incontinence and impotence
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tabes dorsalis

rare neurologic form of tertiary syphilis, involving sensory deficits, loss of neuromuscular coordination, and diminished reflexes. Symptoms of this ... [4 related articles]
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tabes dorsalis

tabes dorsalis 1. A form of neurosyphilis which develops about 15 to 20 years after the onset of infection. 2. Sclerosis of the posterior columns of the spinal cord, caused by infection of the central nervous system. 3. Slowly progressive degeneration of the spinal cord that occurs in the tertiary (third) phase of syphilis a decade or more after ...
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Tabes dorsalis

Tabes dorsalis, also known as syphilitic myelopathy, is a slow degeneration (specifically, demyelination) of the nerves primarily in the dorsal columns (posterior columns) of the spinal cord (the portion closest to the back of the body). They help maintain a person`s sense of position (proprioception), vibration, and discriminative touch. ==Cause....
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