Extensive annular verrucous late secondary syphilis.Br J Dermatol. 2005 Jun; 152(6):1343-5.BJ
We report an illustrative case of an apparently healthy 38-year-old man with a past history of alopecia universalis who developed extensive, slightly pruritic, infiltrated annular verrucous lesions of the scalp, perioral, lumbar, perianal and genital areas over a 6-month period. The combination of an unusual clinical presentation, positive syphilis serology and rapid response to penicillin therapy was consistent with a diagnosis of extensive annular and verrucous late secondary syphilis. We present this case to illustrate a rare and potentially misleading clinical feature of late secondary syphilis, a disease considered to be of the past but still present in today's practice.