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MCQs in Tropical Medicine

Rob Skelly DTM+H FRCP

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Answer 100 - Infectious causes of dementia:

The following infectious agents cause dementia:
False a. gonococcus
True b. HIV
False c. Brucella abortus
True d. Borrelia burgdorferi
False e. HTLV-1

Table 100

Infectious causes of dementia
Infectious agent Illness
measles or rubella subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)
HIV AIDS dementia
Treponema pallidum general paresis of the insane (tertiary syphilis)
Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease
Prions Creutzfeld-Jakob disease

Dementia is the persistent, global impairment of higher intellectual function in an alert patient.


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