Secondary Syphilis

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Parentral penicillin G is the preferred therapy for all phases of syphilis.

Syphilis is described in four stages

  • Primary with a localized ulcer at site of inoculation (chancer)
  • Secondary which can occur one or two months later with fever, malaise, lymphadenopathy and mucocutaneous changes including palm involvement and resolves without treatment. This phase can mimic many other conditions.
  • Latent phase which can last years to decades
  • Tertiary syphilis including gumma, cardiac involvement and neurosyphilis

Treatment is with parentral penicillin G.


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