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Article
July 1940

EARLY SYPHILITIC LESIONS MISTAKEN FOR DERMATOPHYTOSIS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University College of Medicine, and the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Third Medical (New York University) Division, Bellevue Hospital, service of Dr. Edward R. Maloney.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(1):11-14. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490130015002
Abstract

Among the commonest lesions of secondary syphilis are moist papules, which are usually found about the genitals and anus. When fused in plaques they form the familiar condylomata lata of secondary syphilis, and it has long been known that their growth is favored by the moisture, heat and friction of opposing surfaces.

One of the less common places for such lesions, and one that may be overlooked and thus cause an error in diagnosis, is between the toes, especially if the patient has an associated dermatophytosis. In our experience it is not uncommon to see patients who have attended clinics and have been treated for dermatophytosis when there was an associated syphilitic process present. The moist, boggy skin with macerated opposing surfaces that characterizes fungous infections between the toes offers an ideal place for the localization of Spirochaeta pallida and the formation of moist papules, which in some cases present

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