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November 1972

Tertiary Syphilis of the Mouth

Author Affiliations

Tucson, Ariz
From the EENT Section, Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(5):460-463. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090692013

With the discovery of penicillin 25 years ago, the definitive treatment for syphilis seemed to have been developed. The subsequent appearance of tertiary lesions in individuals treated with this antibiotic evidently is due to inadequate dosage and an improper administration, since it is fully capable of a clinical cure. The increasing current incidence of all types of venereal disease will result in further instances similar to that of the case presented here unless precautions are taken to ensure proper and adequate treatment.