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March 1930

LATE SYPHILIS OF THE PALATE: A HITHERTO UNDESCRIBED FORM OF PALATAL SYPHILIS

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Research Institute of Cutaneous Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;21(3):446-448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440090094007
Abstract

In the last ten years I have several times seen patients with a form of palatal syphilis such as is herein described, although the condition was not nearly as well marked as in the present instance.

REPORT OF A CASE  A very light-colored mulatto man, aged 40, was referred on Dec. 10, 1928, to the clinic of Dr. J. Frank Schamberg for treatment of latent (?) syphilis that had been discovered accidentally by routine complement-fixation (Kolmer) and precipitation (Kahn) tests, both of which gave strongly positive reactions.On physicial examination, the only abnormality found was the oral condition. On the palate (fig. 1), extending from its anterior third back over the posterior two-thirds and part of the soft palate, was a well marked, irregularly elevated plaque (possibly from 4 to 5 mm. at its thickest point) composed of firm, grooved, rather closely placed convolutions. The mucosal surface was smooth, intact and

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