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Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis.
Dermatol Online J. 2015 Jul 15; 21(7)DO

Abstract

Alopecia can be one of the many symptoms of secondary syphilis and the clinical presentations include essential syphilitic alopecia or symptomatic syphilitic alopecia. In this report, we present a case of a patient with essential syphilitic alopecia whose sole presenting symptom of syphilis was alopecia. Despite an initial negative rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test, he was ultimately found to have syphilis on scalp biopsy. His alopecia improved following treatment with benzathine penicillin. This presentation serves as a reminder to clinicians to be cognizant of alopecia as a presenting sign of syphilis. A review of the specificity and sensitivity of the typical tests used for the diagnosis is presented.

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No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableUC Davis School of Medicine. rksivamani@ucdavis.edu.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26436969

Citation

Ornelas, Jennifer, et al. "Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis." Dermatology Online Journal, vol. 21, no. 7, 2015.
Ornelas J, Agbai ON, Kiuru M, et al. Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis. Dermatol Online J. 2015;21(7).
Ornelas, J., Agbai, O. N., Kiuru, M., & Sivamani, R. K. (2015). Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis. Dermatology Online Journal, 21(7).
Ornelas J, et al. Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis. Dermatol Online J. 2015 Jul 15;21(7) PubMed PMID: 26436969.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Alopecia as the Presenting Symptom of Syphilis. AU - Ornelas,Jennifer, AU - Agbai,Oma N, AU - Kiuru,Maija, AU - Sivamani,Raja K, Y1 - 2015/07/15/ PY - 2015/07/15/received PY - 2015/07/15/accepted PY - 2015/10/6/entrez PY - 2015/10/6/pubmed PY - 2016/7/21/medline JF - Dermatology online journal JO - Dermatol Online J VL - 21 IS - 7 N2 - Alopecia can be one of the many symptoms of secondary syphilis and the clinical presentations include essential syphilitic alopecia or symptomatic syphilitic alopecia. In this report, we present a case of a patient with essential syphilitic alopecia whose sole presenting symptom of syphilis was alopecia. Despite an initial negative rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test, he was ultimately found to have syphilis on scalp biopsy. His alopecia improved following treatment with benzathine penicillin. This presentation serves as a reminder to clinicians to be cognizant of alopecia as a presenting sign of syphilis. A review of the specificity and sensitivity of the typical tests used for the diagnosis is presented. SN - 1087-2108 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26436969/Alopecia_as_the_Presenting_Symptom_of_Syphilis_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/syphilis.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -