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A case of secondary syphilis manifesting as a pulmonary pseudo-tumour with nephrotic syndrome

CBI Coccia, E Makambwa, CN Jackson, DR Chetty, Q Said-Hartley, G Symons

Abstract


The global incidence of primary and secondary syphilis is increasing in high-risk groups. However, pulmonary syphilis remains exceedingly rare with less than 30 cases recorded since 1967. Of these cases, none have recorded the presence of both pulmonary and renal involvement with nephrotic syndrome. Diagnosis of pulmonary syphilis remains a challenge, and there is no consensus on treatment. We report a case of a 46-year-old male with secondary pulmonary syphilis and concomitant nephrotic syndrome. Keywords. syphilis; pulmonary syphilis; nephrotic syndrome.


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CBI Coccia, Departments of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

E Makambwa, Departments of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

CN Jackson, Department of Pathology, Division of Anatomical Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

DR Chetty, Department of Pathology, Division of Anatomical Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Q Said-Hartley, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

G Symons, Departments of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2021;27(2):64-66. DOI:10.7196/AJTCCM.2021.v27i2.065

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Date submitted: 2021-06-22
Date published: 2021-06-23

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