primary syphilis


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primary syphilis

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The first stage of syphilis, characterized by formation of a painless chancre at the point of infection and hardening and swelling of adjacent lymph nodes.
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Noun1.primary syphilis - the first stage; characterized by a chancre at the site of infection
lues, lues venerea, pox, syph, syphilis - a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
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Our results demonstrate that Tp-PCR has a high degree of accuracy for the definitive diagnosis of primary syphilis from lesion exudate or tissue.
This edition has new cases on sickle cell disease, rectal bleeding, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, primary syphilis, pityriasis rosacea, and congenital cataracts.
The influence of concomitant HIV infection on the serological diagnosis of primary syphilis in southern Africa.
Although an alerted immune system kills billions of treponemes after syphilis infection, enough can survive to kick off primary syphilis (Figure 3).
In primary syphilis, an ulcer (chancre) may be present, but is generally painless, and often goes unnoted.
Unilateral or bilateral inguinal adenopathy may also be present in primary syphilis (1).
The patients' mean age was 24 years; 26% had primary syphilis, 46% had secondary syphilis, and 28% had presumed early latent syphilis (a sexual partner in the past 12 months with confirmed syphilis).
The authors investigated the utility of both a non-treponemal (RPR) test and a treponemal (FTA-ABS) test for the diagnosis of primary syphilis during the emergence of the HIV epidemic in southern Africa.
The importance of these screening tools is shown by past clinical studies that have demonstrated 78% accuracy for the clinical diagnosis of primary syphilis by experienced clinicians.
Most of the infected women had an early latent infection (59%), whereas 34% were diagnosed with secondary syphilis and 6% with primary syphilis.