tertiary syphilis


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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.
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Noun1.tertiary syphilis - the third stage; characterized by involvement of internal organs especially the brain and spinal cord as well as the heart and liver
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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The borders are irregular and may resemble "snail tracks." Tertiary syphilis occurs in approximately 30% of untreated syphilis cases appearing many years after initial infection.
Ishmael was implying that the sequelae resulting from latent or tertiary syphilis is irreversible, but it was worded in a way that conveyed late or tertiary syphilis is untreatable, and this is not true."
The doctor recognized the symptoms as tertiary syphilis and gave the man a shot of penicillin.
Although most cases of ocular syphilis occur in the context of tertiary syphilis, approximately one third of reported cases occur in the context of primary and secondary syphilis (4,5).
Furthermore, the clinical stage of study participants (primary, secondary, and tertiary syphilis) affects the specificity of the test because of the prozone phenomenon.
Tertiary syphilis develops 3 to 15 years after the initial infection, and is caused by spread of the bacterium to other parts of the body, in particular the skin, mucous membranes, liver, eyes, joints, bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, or central nervous system (referred to as neurosyphilis).
In tertiary syphilis, increased glucose metabolic activity, hypometabolic lesions, or normal glucose uptake might be seen on PET.
Apart from causing huge psychosexual problems (male cause of dyspareunia, depression, relationship problems etc.),3 they cause significant morbidity - both short term and in the long run (like tertiary syphilis) and sometimes, death (as in malignancy, if not treated).4 In this era of HIV/ AIDS, MGU has assumed even more importance.5 MGU has been associated with increased acquisition and transmission of the human immunodeciency virus (HIV).
Tertiary syphilis of the oral cavity may present itself as a gumma or as atrophic luetic glossitis [2].
Tertiary syphilis in the antibiotic era is rare and tertiary syphilis in human immunodeficiency virus- (HIV-) uninfected and HIV-infected patients is vanishingly rare.
Left untreated, approximately 30% of affected individuals will go on to develop tertiary syphilis. The cardinal manifestations of this late form of syphilis are cardiovascular, gummatous and neurosyphilis.
If the infection is left untreated for two years, late syphilis occurs, which may consist of tertiary syphilis. This can cause cutaneous manifestations (tuberous syphilides, gumma), musculoskeletal disease (periostitis, osteolysis) and cardiovascular disease (syphilitic aortic aneurysm and insufficiency).