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The oral manifestations of syphilitic disease: a case report.
J Med Case Rep. 2019 Jul 26; 13(1):227.JM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the spirochete, Treponema pallidum. While primary syphilis often involves genitalia, oral manifestations are observed in a subset of patients. These lesions are often associated with submandibular and cervical lymphadenopathy. This is a case report of a primary syphilitic lesion located on the hard palate of the oral cavity, with only a very few cases described previously.

CASE PRESENTATION

We describe a rare case of syphilis in a 59-year-old African American man presenting with subjective fevers, chills, marked submental lymphadenopathy, a diffuse skin rash, and an ulcer of the hard palate.

CONCLUSIONS

This case report demonstrates the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for syphilitic infection when a patient presents with nonspecific symptoms, a diffuse rash, and an oral lesion.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX, 77030, USA. Kaitlyn.Streight@bcm.edu.Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31345262

Citation

Streight, Kaitlyn L., et al. "The Oral Manifestations of Syphilitic Disease: a Case Report." Journal of Medical Case Reports, vol. 13, no. 1, 2019, p. 227.
Streight KL, Paranal RM, Musher DM. The oral manifestations of syphilitic disease: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2019;13(1):227.
Streight, K. L., Paranal, R. M., & Musher, D. M. (2019). The oral manifestations of syphilitic disease: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 13(1), 227. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13256-019-2171-z
Streight KL, Paranal RM, Musher DM. The Oral Manifestations of Syphilitic Disease: a Case Report. J Med Case Rep. 2019 Jul 26;13(1):227. PubMed PMID: 31345262.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The oral manifestations of syphilitic disease: a case report. AU - Streight,Kaitlyn L, AU - Paranal,Ronald M, AU - Musher,Daniel M, Y1 - 2019/07/26/ PY - 2019/04/17/received PY - 2019/06/20/accepted PY - 2019/7/27/entrez PY - 2019/7/28/pubmed PY - 2020/1/31/medline KW - Hard palate KW - Oral syphilis KW - Syphilis SP - 227 EP - 227 JF - Journal of medical case reports JO - J Med Case Rep VL - 13 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the spirochete, Treponema pallidum. While primary syphilis often involves genitalia, oral manifestations are observed in a subset of patients. These lesions are often associated with submandibular and cervical lymphadenopathy. This is a case report of a primary syphilitic lesion located on the hard palate of the oral cavity, with only a very few cases described previously. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a rare case of syphilis in a 59-year-old African American man presenting with subjective fevers, chills, marked submental lymphadenopathy, a diffuse skin rash, and an ulcer of the hard palate. CONCLUSIONS: This case report demonstrates the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for syphilitic infection when a patient presents with nonspecific symptoms, a diffuse rash, and an oral lesion. SN - 1752-1947 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31345262/The_oral_manifestations_of_syphilitic_disease:_a_case_report_ L2 - https://jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13256-019-2171-z DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -