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January 1982

Primary Syphilis of the Tonsil

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Communicable and Venereal Diseases, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Dr Fiumara); and the Departments of Dermatology, Boston University (Dr Fiumara), Tufts-New England Medical Center (Dr Fiumara), and Boston City Hospital (Drs Fiumara and Walker), Boston.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(1):43-44. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790490045013

• A 42-year-old patient with an ulcerative left tonsil that was not particularly painful was examined. The routine blood test for syphilis was reactive. The patient was found to have a chancre of the left tonsil. Painless ulcers of the left tonsil in a sexually active individual should be considered as possibly syphilitic.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:43-44)