Tag Archives: syphilis

Sometimes the Eyes Say More Than the Mouth

A 48-year-old man with a history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-associated cryptococcal meningitis was referred to our hospital with blurred vision in his left eye for several months. He was diagnosed with bilateral chronic posterior uveitis (Figure). After ruling out secondary uveitis, such as sarcoidosis, Behçet disease, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, […]

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A Red Herring in the Green Grass: Syphilitic Membranous Glomerulonephritis

Physical discomfort attributed to a routine chore was actually an unusual presentation of an insidious infection. A 51-year-old man presented to the emergency department and reported 1 week of persistent, localized lower back pain that began after he had spent the day mowing his lawn. He denied any trauma, rash, dysuria, discoloration of urine, or […]

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Misdirected by a Mass: Syphilis

The presence of an intraabdominal mass suggested malignancy rather than an increasingly common sexually transmitted infection. A 20-year-old man presented with fever and severe epigastric pain. Three weeks earlier, he sought treatment for a sore throat at an urgent care center. At that time, rapid strep testing was negative, and his symptoms subsequently resolved. One […]

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