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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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