Necrotic pulmonary nodules in secondary syphilis

February 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/22/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 3, pE163
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 56-year-old woman who suffers from worsening left-sided pleuritic chest pain, painful eyes, and rash. The woman underwent computed tomography which revealed four necrotic-appearing nodules in the right middle lobe and both lower lobes of the lungs, and polymerase chain reaction testing showed that the patient was positive for syphilis. Empirical treatment for secondary syphilis was started and Benzathine penicillin was given weekly for three weeks.


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