Radiographic findings in early acquired syphilis: case report and cirtical review

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1976 Nov;127(5):789-92. doi: 10.2214/ajr.127.5.789.


The radiographic and pathophysiologic features of early acquired syphilis are discussed. Bone changes occur in early acquired syphilis and should not be confused with gummas of late syphilis. The radiographic findings are protean and may exist without a clinical history of a cutaneous lesion. The skull, clavicle, and tibia are the sites most frequently involved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteomyelitis / etiology
  • Periostitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Periostitis / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Syphilis / complications
  • Syphilis / diagnostic imaging*