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Oral syphilis--re-emergence of an old disease with oral manifestations.
Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005 Jan; 34(1):58-63.IJ

Abstract

Three representative cases of oral primary syphilis are presented. We wish to highlight the resurgence of this disease, which has occurred recently in the western world, particularly in Europe and the United States of America. Since the initial presentation may be oral, it is important to include syphilis in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting to oral diagnostic clinics with atypical oral ulceration. Recent developments in the serological diagnostic tests and treatment are reviewed. Early diagnosis and treatment has significant implications, not only for the patient, but also for previous and future transmission to contacts. Early syphilis is a highly infectious disease in which the lesions heal spontaneously, despite inappropriate treatment which may appear curative, and yet the patient remains infectious. It is therefore important that clinicians maintain a high clinical index of suspicion and crucial that an accurate diagnosis be made at presentation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, School of Dental Science, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15617968

Citation

Scott, C M., and S R. Flint. "Oral Syphilis--re-emergence of an Old Disease With Oral Manifestations." International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 34, no. 1, 2005, pp. 58-63.
Scott CM, Flint SR. Oral syphilis--re-emergence of an old disease with oral manifestations. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005;34(1):58-63.
Scott, C. M., & Flint, S. R. (2005). Oral syphilis--re-emergence of an old disease with oral manifestations. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 34(1), 58-63.
Scott CM, Flint SR. Oral Syphilis--re-emergence of an Old Disease With Oral Manifestations. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005;34(1):58-63. PubMed PMID: 15617968.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Oral syphilis--re-emergence of an old disease with oral manifestations. AU - Scott,C M, AU - Flint,S R, PY - 2004/01/13/accepted PY - 2004/12/25/pubmed PY - 2005/3/2/medline PY - 2004/12/25/entrez SP - 58 EP - 63 JF - International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery JO - Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg VL - 34 IS - 1 N2 - Three representative cases of oral primary syphilis are presented. We wish to highlight the resurgence of this disease, which has occurred recently in the western world, particularly in Europe and the United States of America. Since the initial presentation may be oral, it is important to include syphilis in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting to oral diagnostic clinics with atypical oral ulceration. Recent developments in the serological diagnostic tests and treatment are reviewed. Early diagnosis and treatment has significant implications, not only for the patient, but also for previous and future transmission to contacts. Early syphilis is a highly infectious disease in which the lesions heal spontaneously, despite inappropriate treatment which may appear curative, and yet the patient remains infectious. It is therefore important that clinicians maintain a high clinical index of suspicion and crucial that an accurate diagnosis be made at presentation. SN - 0901-5027 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15617968/Oral_syphilis__re_emergence_of_an_old_disease_with_oral_manifestations_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0901502704000438 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -