general paresis


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general paresis

[¦jen·rəl pə′rē·səs]
(medicine)
An inflammatory and degenerative disease of the brain caused by infection with Treponema pallidum. Also known as syphilitic meningoencephalitis.
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14) Common MRI findings in neurosyphilis patients with general paresis (personality [paranoia, carelessness in appearance]; affect [labile]; reflexes [hyperactive]; eye [Argyll Robertson pupils]; sensorium [hallucinations, illusions, delusions]; intellect [decreased recent memory, judgment, insight]; and speech [slurred]) include dilated ventricles and either increased signal or atrophy of the medial temporal lobes.
On the other hand, we are presented with excerpts from letters of Nietzsche's which already manifest mental illness (most likely general paresis insanity) as if they were revelatory of crucial issues in his philosophy (pp.