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Syphilis Secundaria

Date: 1910 | Identifier: LL02.49.00.94
Dermatologic stereoview card. Front of card shows the back view of a man’s anus and his external genitalia with Syphilis secundaria. The reverse of the card describes the dermatologic conditions as well as the diagnosis and treatment. In moist warm regions, especially where the skin is subjected to more or less friction, that is where there are opposed surfaces as about the genitals and anus beneath pendulous breasts, syphilitic papules usually become macerated, softened and abraded. At first they have a brownish red, raw appearance, but later the branny scaling which sometimes characterizes the dry lesions may be represented by a gray adherent pseudo-membrane. The lesions usually broaden and the borders of each papule often become elevated above the central portion. This is the appearance of the typical moist papule, the first stage in the development of the condyloma latum. Where the friction is greater contiguous patches coalesce and a papillary overgrowth occurs which gives the surface an irregular, warty or even cauliflower-like formation. This excretion is rich in spirochetes and therefore highly infectious. Syphilis Secundaria may also be known as Syphilis papulosa (Condylomata lata). more...
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