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Description:Also known as “condyloma lata”, this photograph depicts the appearance of what was determined to be secondary syphilitic lesions on a patient’s perineum. Condyloma lata lesions are smooth, moist, and flat, while condylomata acuminatum lesions, though similar, are cauliflower-like, dry, and bulky respectively.

Secondary Stage

Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterize the secondary stage. This stage typically starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body. The rash usually does not cause itching. Rashes associated with secondary syphilis can appear as the chancre is healing or several weeks after the chancre has healed.
The characteristic rash of secondary syphilis may appear as rough, red, or reddish brown spots both on the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet. However, rashes with a different appearance may occur on other parts of the body, sometimes resembling rashes caused by other diseases. Sometimes rashes associated with secondary syphilis are so faint that they are not noticed. In addition to rashes, symptoms of secondary syphilis may include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue. The signs and symptoms of secondary syphilis will resolve with or without treatment, but without treatment, the infection will progress to the latent and possibly late stages of disease.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Susan Lindsley
Creation Date:1971
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Links:CDC - National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Facts on Syphilis
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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