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July 2011

An Atlas of Syphilis in a Single Case

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Universit à degli Studi di Milano-Fondazione IRCCS Ca ’ Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(7):869-870. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.175

Syphilis is an infectious disease caused by Treponema pallidum and characterized by cutaneous, mucous, and systemic involvement.1 The course is chronic and arbitrarily divided into different stages2: the first is defined by a chancre localized at the site of T pallidum inoculation, while secondary syphilis can present with a cutaneous polymorphic eruption, mucous lesions, diffuse lymphadenopathy, and systemic symptoms.1