Syphilis? An Unusual Cause of Surgical Emergency in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Man.

Academic Article


  • We report on a human immunodeficiency virus-infected man undergoing urgent anorectal surgery, with multi-centimeter fungating masses discovered inside the anus. Initial pathology was inconclusive. After the patient developed a disseminated rash postoperatively determined to be secondary syphilis, the anorectal pathology was reviewed and Treponema pallidum DNA was amplified by polymerase chain reaction from the mass.
  • Author List

  • Bender Ignacio RA; Koch LL; Dhanireddy S; Charmie Godornes B; Lukehart SA; Marrazzo JM
  • Start Page

  • ofv094
  • Volume

  • 2