Osteitis in the dens of axis caused by Treponema pallidum

Thilde Fabricius, Charlotte Winther, Caroline Ewertsen, Michael Kemp, Susanne Dam Nielsen

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Syphilis has been referred to as "the great imitator" due to its ability to imitate other diseases. Untreated syphilis becomes a systemic infection that can involve almost every organ systems. Treponema pallidum has a high affinity for bone tissue, but osteitis has mainly been described in late stages of the disease. Vertebral involvement is rare, and this is to our knowledge the first case describing syphilitic spondylitis in early acquired syphilis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalB M C Infectious Diseases
Pages (from-to)e347
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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