cardiovascular syphilis


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car·di·o·vas·cu·lar syph·i·lis

involvement of the cardiovascular system seen in late-stage syphilis, usually resulting in aortitis, aneurysm formation, and aortic valvular insufficiency.

cardiovascular syphilis

Tertiary syphilis involving the heart and great blood vessels, esp. the aorta. Saccular aneurysms of the aorta and aortic insufficiency frequently result.
See also: syphilis
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Diagnosis of cardiovascular syphilis in the follow-up of a long-term cancer survivor: A case report.
Cardiovascular syphilis classically affects the major vessels and usually occurs 15 to 30 years after initial infection.
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