The inguinal glands in early syphilis have been carefully studied by almost all of the older syphilologists. In more recent times, Zurhelle1 made a detailed histologic investigation of the inguinal glands in early syphilis and reported extensively on his observations.
The purpose of the following study was to examine the inguinal nodes in early syphilis and to determine the frequency of the occurrence of tuberculoid structure.
Inguinal nodes were excised from twenty-nine persons with early untreated syphilis. In all of the cases the diagnosis was clear and beyond doubt.The excised nodes were bisected. One half of the gland was utilized for routine staining, while the remainder was treated by Levaditi's method for demonstrating spirochetes.It will be noted from the accompanying table that in eight of the nodes tuberculoid structure was found. What is the significance of this observation? In order to answer this question we must
MICHELSON HE, Kersten E. THE OCCURRENCE OF TUBERCULOID REACTIONS IN THE INGUINAL GLANDS IN EARLY SYPHILIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(1):66–76. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380190069005
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