tertiary syphilis


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Syphilis, other includes late latent syphilis, tertiary syphilis, and non-specified.
Lincoln fans were angered when Gore Vidal suggested on NBC's Today show and again on the Larry King program that Mary Todd Lincoln had tertiary syphilis or paresis.
Nor does jones mention that the famed psychiatrist Otto Binswanger had diagnosed Nietzsche as a case of atypical paralysis (like his father), not tertiary syphilis.
Shortly before his death, Toulouse-Lautrec entered a sanatorium, probably because of the adverse effects of tertiary syphilis.
We describe what we believe is the first reported case of recurrent incapacitating tinnitus secondary to inner ear tertiary syphilis in which a patient successfully responded to emergency treatment with intravenous lidocaine.
Tertiary syphilis describes disease presenting with late manifestations, encompassing cardiovascular features such as aortitis with aneurysm formation, late neurologic sequelae, and formation of gummas (indolent, destructive lesions occurring in any organ but chiefly involving skin, bone, and liver).
At one time, the infectious causes of nasal perforation included tuberculosis, typhoid, diphtheria, tertiary syphilis, and leprosy.