He contracted syphilis in 1951, and the infection progressed to tabes dorsalis
, with walking difficulties, weakness and ataxia.
The late congenital syphilis usually appears after 2 years of life, the active lesions corresponding to the lesions of the acquired tertiary syphilis: nodular syphilides and gummas on the skin and mucosa, ophtalmic involvement (interstitial keratitis, iridocyclitis, coroidoretinitis), bone involvement (periostitis of the long bones, perisynovitis), eighth nerve deafness (neurolabyrinthitis), cardiovascular manifestations, neurologic diseases (juvenile general paralysis, tabes dorsalis
Pseudo- Argyll Robertson Pupil with absent tendon reflexes--A benign disorder simulating Tabes Dorsalis
2011) Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord in a man with tabes dorsalis
Charcot arthropathy (also known as neuropathic osteoarthropathy or neuropathic arthropathy) is a progressive, degenerative arthritis associated with an underlying central or associated neurological disease that affects the peripheral or spinal joints (1) It was first reported in 1868 by Charcot in a case (1) that involved tabes dorsalis
and is especially characterized by progressive osteoclasts, bone resorption, and deformity.
He also discussed the phenomena of areflexia and reflex inversion and stressed the disappearance of the Achilles tendon reflex in cases of sciatica (1896) and in tabes dorsalis