The variability of syphilitic chancres

Sex Transm Dis. Apr-Jun 1978;5(2):68-70. doi: 10.1097/00007435-197804000-00009.

Abstract

Sixty-four patients who had darkfield microscopic evidence of primary syphilis underwent a standardized interview and physical examination. Two or more lesions were observed in 47% of patients, 7.8% of patients had non-indurated ulcers, and the borders of the ulcers of 7.8% were irregular and slightly undermined, suggesting lesions of chancroid. Only 27 patients (42.7%) had single, indurated chancres with regional lymphadenopathy. It is suggested that the "classic" chancre may be the "atypical" lesion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood
  • Chancre / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Herpes Simplex / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Examination
  • Simplexvirus / immunology
  • Simplexvirus / isolation & purification
  • Syphilis Serodiagnosis
  • Treponema pallidum / immunology

Substances

  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Antibodies, Viral