|Description:||This patient presented with an intraurethral chancre of the urinary meatus, or distal urethral opening diagnosed as a primary staged syphilitic infection.|
Syphilis is an infectious disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete. Primary syphilitic chancres are usually firm, round, small, and painless, and develop at the spot where the T. pallidum bacteria enter the body. The chancre lasts 3 to 6 weeks, and it heals without treatment. However, if adequate treatment is not administered, the infection progresses to the secondary stage.