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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318157d24a
Case Reports

A Case of Undiagnosed Syphilis in a Patient Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Aortic Valve Surgery

Soliman, Marcos M. MD*; Dorotta, Ihab MD*; Larosa, Steven P. MD†; Lytle, Bruce W. MD‡; Koch, Colleen Gorman MD, MS*§; Drazba, Judith A. PhD∥; Rodriguez, E. Rene MD∥; Bashour, C. Allen MD*§

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Abstract

We report a case of syphilitic aortitis suspected by the intraoperative appearance of the aorta. Diagnosis was confirmed by postoperative serological testing. Given the recent increase in the number of cases of primary syphilis, it is important to remain aware of the clinical and pathological manifestations of tertiary syphilis.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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