Ann Clin Case Rep | Volume 6, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

A Case of Syphilitic Colitis Presenting as Acute Abdomen in a Non-HIV Adult

Jinyeong Kim1, Kyueng-Whan Min2, Bongyoung Kim1, Hyunjoo Pai1 and Jieun Kim1*

1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, South Korea 2Department of Pathology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, South Korea

*Correspondance to: Jieun Kim 

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Abstract

A 59-year-old man visited the emergency room with colon perforation requiring emergent surgical treatment. The colon biopsy revealed tissue-invading spirochetes with an abscess. We report a case of tertiary intestinal syphilis with a previous failed treatment for latent syphilis in a patient without HIV infection. Tertiary syphilis is rare, but able to induce serious infection. Clinicians should suspect Treponemal disease based on clinical history, and should obtain adequate laboratory tests.

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Citation:

Kim J, Min K-W, Kim B, Pai H, Kim J. A Case of Syphilitic Colitis Presenting as Acute Abdomen in a Non-HIV Adult. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2021; 6: 2038..

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