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Tertiary Syphilis: Bilateral Total Eighth Nerve Deafness. Presented by Dr. H. F. De Wolf.
A white man, aged 26, from the service of Dr. Cole and Dr. Driver at Cleveland City Hospital, began in 1930 to have periods of deafness, which lasted from one to several days, usually following exposure to cold, and since June, 1933, he has been totally deaf. There is no history of deafness in the family. There is a history of a chancre in the patient in 1928. He was given no antisyphilitic treatment, however, until 1931, when he received fifteen intravenous and eight intramuscular injections.Physical examination revealed a mottled condition of the skin over the trunk, which the patient states has always been present. Examination revealed no other abnormalities.The Wassermann and Kline tests of the blood were four plus on two occasions. Examination of the spinal fluid yielded negative results. The urine was
Driver JR, Littman S. CLEVELAND DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(2):316–319. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460080146015
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