Journal Article

Malignant Syphilis with Ocular Involvement and Organism-Depleted Lesions

M. Pleimes, W. Hartschuh, H. Kutzner, A. H. Enk and M. Hartmann

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 1, pages 83-85
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/594127
Malignant Syphilis with Ocular Involvement and Organism-Depleted Lesions

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Diagnosis and treatment of syphilis are challenging because of the condition's diverse clinical symptoms, histopathological variance, and the lack of definite tests for treatment follow-up. We report a case of secondary pustular-ulcerative malignant syphilis with ocular involvement in a human immunodeficiency virus—infected patient. It was striking to find that ulcerative lesions can be highly organism depleted.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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