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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
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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.
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tertiary syphilisLate 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.
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