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J Heart Lung Transplant. 2006 Mar;25(3):358-61. Epub 2005 Dec 20.

Late syphilis in a cardiac transplant patient.

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York 10021, USA.


Patients undergoing cardiac transplantation are routinely screened for prior exposure to Treponema pallidum, the bacterium implicated in syphilis. Although acute syphilis typically presents with a painless genital chancre, chronic syphilis can manifest in protean forms and linger undiagnosed. Left untreated, syphilis can cause multi-system disease, particularly irreversible neurologic damage. We describe a case of cutaneous secondary syphilis, neurosyphilis and luetic hepatitis in a cardiac transplant patient.

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