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Unilateral syphilitic perioptic neuritis in a patient coinfected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1
  1. Medhat S T Basta1,
  2. K Nathan Sankar1,
  3. Margaret Dayan2
  1. 1Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M S T Basta
 Genitourinary medicine department, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE, UK; medhat.basta{at}


Perioptic neuritis caused by secondary syphilis is a rare ophthalmic manifestation in the HIV-infected host. Early diagnosis and treatment of this condition is required to prevent further visual damage. We report a case of unilateral syphilitic perioptic neuritis in a patient coinfected with HIV-1.

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