Acute syphilitic blindness in AIDS

J Clin Neuroophthalmol. 1987 Mar;7(1):1-5. doi: 10.3109/01658108709007423.


To our knowledge, bilateral syphilitic optic neuritis has not been reported in conjunction with AIDS. We document a case of a bisexual man with AIDS whose vision deteriorated overnight from 20/20 in both eyes to total bilateral blindness as a result of syphilitic retrobulbar neuritis. The implications and management of leutic disease in immunocompromised individuals are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Blindness / etiology*
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Optic Neuritis / etiology
  • Optic Neuritis / pathology
  • Optic Neuritis / physiopathology
  • Syphilis / complications*
  • Visual Acuity