ID#: 16762
This patient presented with an intraoral gummatous lesion of the soft palate, due to a long standing tertiary, syphilitic infection, caused by the bacterial spirochete, Treponema pallidum. A gumma is the result of a long-standing syphilis infection, and emerges as a soft, tumor like growth of the tissues, also known as a granuloma. Statistically, it arises most often in the liver, however, as was seen in this case, it can also occur elsewhere in the body, including the skeletal system, brain, heart, skin, testes, and eyes.
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