A diagnosis of pulmonary syphilis is generally regarded with a good deal of skepticism. A brief survey of the literature reveals marked variations of opinion as to incidence, character of the lesion and anatomic criteria essential for the establishment of an authentic diagnosis. Carrera,1 in a very careful post-mortem study of the lungs of 152 known syphilitic patients, found 12 cases of undoubted syphilis of the lungs from the anatomic standpoint. In 29,680 routine postmortem examinations collected by Erickson, syphilis of the lung was found in but 19 instances (0.06 per cent) in 240 autopsies on known patients with syphilis, the disease occurred in 23 cases (9.6 per cent).
In the present article we record three cases and discuss the salient features of the condition.
—G. M., a Negress, aged 25, married several times, never pregnant, was well until May, 1928, when she was acutely ill with
HARTUNG A, FREEDMAN J. PULMONARY SYPHILIS: A REPORT OF THREE CASES OF ACQUIRED LUNG SYPHILIS IN ADULTS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ROENTGEN ASPECTS. JAMA. 1932;98(23):1969–1972. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730490015004
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