tertiary syphilis


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late syph·i·lis

involvement of the cardiovascular or central nervous system, or the development of a gumma in any organ, due to infection with Treponema pallidum; usually occurs several years to 2-3 decades after the initial infection.
Synonym(s): tertiary syphilis

tertiary syphilis

n.
The final stage of syphilis, following a latent period that may last years, marked by spread of the disease throughout the body including the skin, bones, joints, heart, brain, and spinal cord.

tertiary syphilis

Etymology: L, tertius, third
the most advanced stage of syphilis, resulting in infections of the cardiovascular and neurological systems and marked by destructive lesions involving many tissues and organs. Late-stage syphilis is symptomatic but not contagious.

tertiary syphilis

Late syphilis STD A late phase of syphilis preceded, often by many yrs, by primary and secondary syphilis, caused by the spirochetes of Treponema pallidum which continued to reproduce for up to 15 years; focal damage in the form of highly destructive gummas occurs in bone, skin, nervous tissue, heart, arteries; neurosyphilis has many clinical forms–tabes dorsalis, general paresis and optic atrophy; cardiovascular involvement leads to aortic aneurysms, valvular heart disease, aortitis. See Benign late syphilis, Congenital syphilis, Latent syphilis, Neurosyphilis, Primary syphilis, Secondary syphilis, Syphilis.

tertiary syphilis (sif´əlis),

n the most advanced stage of syphilis, result-ing in infections of the cardiovascular and neurologic systems and marked by destructive lesions involving many tissues and organs.
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sup][12],[29],[30],[31],[32],[33],[34],[35],[36],[38],[39] One was diagnosed as tertiary syphilis with bone, adrenal gland, liver, and skin involvement.
Nodular tertiary syphilis mimicking granuloma annulare.
Other characteristic lesions for tertiary syphilis are gumma.
The symptoms of tertiary syphilis, which will occur many years after acquiring infection, can be dangerous enough to cause death.
Although patients with non-reactive non-treponemal and reactive treponemal serology are unlikely to be infectious, they are at risk of already having or of developing neurosyphilis, as well as the other serious sequelae of tertiary syphilis.
7) Tertiary syphilis may ravage the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, or joints.
Late complications of syphilis, known as tertiary syphilis, can manifest as three general categories of symptoms.
Serological tests are positive in almost all cases of tertiary syphilis [1-6].
Although traditional teaching categorizes neurosyphilis as a manifestation of tertiary syphilis, this belief is incorrect (Marra, 2004).
Late latent syphilis and tertiary syphilis, according to the CDC, should be treated with three doses of 2.
Tertiary syphilis presents from 1 to 30 years after primary infection.
Jeckyll, apparently having a bipolar personality (or perhaps tertiary syphilis, though that seems to be an unmentionable possibility), began the installation of the gilt leather and the walnut fittings for the room, but his ability to work fluctuated, and Whistler took over.