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Cerebrospinal fluid immunoglobulins in neurosyphilis.
  1. F Gschnait,
  2. B L Schmidt,
  3. A Luger

    Abstract

    Using the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption (FTA-ABS) test and the solid phase haemadsorption assay (SPHA) Treponema pallidum-specific IgA was found in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with neurosyphilis but not in those with late latent syphilis. The presence of T pallidum-specific IgA in the CSF may inhibit the antitreponemal activity of IgG and thus play some part in the pathogenesis of neurosyphilis.

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