tabes dorsalis

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tabes dor·sa·lis

 (dôr-sā′lĭs, -săl′ĭs)
A late form of syphilis resulting in a hardening of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and marked by shooting pains, emaciation, loss of muscular coordination, and disturbances of sensation and digestion. Also called locomotor ataxia.

[New Latin tābēs dorsālis : Latin tābēs, tabes + Late Latin dorsālis, dorsal.]
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tabes dorsalis

(Pathology) a form of late syphilis that attacks the spinal cord causing degeneration of the nerve fibres, pains in the legs, paralysis of the leg muscles, acute abdominal pain, etc. Also called: locomotor ataxia
[New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see tabes, dorsal]
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ta′bes dor•sal′is

(dɔrˈsæl ɪs, -ˈseɪ lɪs)

progressive degeneration of the spinal cord and nerve roots, esp. as a consequence of syphilis.
[1675–85; < New Latin: literally, tabes of the back; see dorsal]
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Noun1.tabes dorsalis - 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
neurosyphilis - syphilis of the central nervous system
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ta·bes dor·sa·lis

n. tabes dorsal, [ataxia locomotora] degeneración de partes de la espina dorsal en la etapa tardía de sífilis.
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Neurosyphilis can manifest as meningovascular syphilis, including meningitis or vasculitis, or parenchymal involvement in the form of general paresis or tabes dorsalis [14].
The causes of Charcot hip joint include tabes dorsalis, syringomyelia, peripheral nerve injury due to diabetes mellitus, and congenital insensivity to pain with anhydrosis.
Neurosyphilis may occur early, being either asymptomatic or in the form of syphilitic meningitis, or late as meningovascular syphilis, general paresis, or tabes dorsalis, a condition where the spinal column is affected.
Stages of neurosyphilis Stage Symptoms Asymptomatic None Symptomatic Early Meningeal Meningovascular Late Gummatous Cerebral Spinal compression Parenchymatous General paresis Tabes dorsalis Optic atrophy Table 2.
Quaternary syphilis includes devastating complications such as general paresis and tabes dorsalis. Neurosyphilis can feature neuropsychiatric conditions like combinations of delirium and dementia, stroke, spinal cord disease and seizures.