Pulmonary Involvement in Secondary Syphilis

  • Ruben Benainous Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny, France
  • Mohanad Alunji Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Service de Dermatologie, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny, France
  • Pierre Yves Brillet Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Service de Radiologie, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny, France
  • Robin Dhote Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny, France

Keywords

Syphilis, pulmonary nodule, bronchial fibroscopy, Treponema pallidum

Abstract

In secondary syphilis, Treponema pallidum can spread to the lungs. A new case is described of a patient with multiple excavated subpleural pulmonary nodules, a rare localization of secondary syphilis. Despite the numerous pulmonary samples analysed in the literature, T. pallidum is rarely visualised directly on bronchial fibroscopy or biopsy. The diagnosis of secondary syphilis is suspected from historical and physical findings and confirmed by high values obtained from non-treponemal tests.

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  • Published: 2021-07-19

    Issue: 2021: Vol 8 No 7 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    1.
    Benainous R, Alunji M, Brillet PY, Dhote R. Pulmonary Involvement in Secondary Syphilis. EJCRIM 2021;8 doi:10.12890/20201_002487.