A Clinical Experience with Patients of Syphilis

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A Clinical Experience with Patients of Syphilis

Syed Afaq Ahmed, Riaz A Sheikh and Ikram–ullah Khan
Department of Dermatology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.

Twenty five consecutive cases of Syphilis presenting to the dermatology department of Pakistan Institute of Medical
Sciences, Islamabad, were reviewed regarding the clinical pattern of presentation, laboratory findings and their response to
treatment. Other associated sexually transmitted diseases were also looked for and HIV status was also determined. Most of
the patients responded well to penicillin and those not responding were adequately treated with erythromycin. Patients’ age
ranged from 10 to 70 years; most of the patients were clustered between 20 to 40 years. There were 22 males and 3 female
patients. Following clinical signs were seen in the patients: Body Rash with particular involvement of the face, palms, soles
and genitalia, oral and other mucous membrane lesions, hair loss, lymphadenopathy and condylomata lata.
Key words: Syphilis; Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).


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