Secondary syphilis mimicking cutaneous lymphoma

Vasudeva Acharya, George K. Varghese, Alfred Roy

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Atypical features of secondary syphilis are more common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. We report this case in which the clinical features, serology and response to therapy were clearly suggestive of secondary syphilis but histopathology raised concerns about cutaneous lymphoma. A 30-year-old male presented with history of fever and cough of one month duration. He was seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus infection one year back. He had discrete multiple papular and papulonodular patches all over the body. VDRL and TPHA tests were positive. HIV infection was confirmed by two ELISA tests. Skin biopsy report raised the possibility of lymphomatous infiltration. He was treated with penicillin and responded favourably. He was also instituted antiretroviral therapy later.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-197
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Indian Medical Association
Volume109
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2011

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Virus Diseases
Lymphoma
HIV
Skin
Serology
Cough
Penicillins
HIV Infections
Fever
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Biopsy
Therapeutics
Secondary syphilis

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Acharya, V., Varghese, G. K., & Roy, A. (2011). Secondary syphilis mimicking cutaneous lymphoma. Journal of the Indian Medical Association, 109(3), 196-197.
Acharya, Vasudeva ; Varghese, George K. ; Roy, Alfred. / Secondary syphilis mimicking cutaneous lymphoma. In: Journal of the Indian Medical Association. 2011 ; Vol. 109, No. 3. pp. 196-197.
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Acharya V, Varghese GK, Roy A. Secondary syphilis mimicking cutaneous lymphoma. Journal of the Indian Medical Association. 2011 Mar 1;109(3):196-197.