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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Print version ISSN 0365-0596
MIRANDA, Mario Fernando Ribeiro de; BITTENCOURT, Maraya de Jesus Semblano; LOPES, Igor da Costa and CUMINO, Shirley do Socorro Magalhães. Leucoderma syphiliticum: a rare expression of the secondary stage diagnosed by histopathology. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2010, vol.85, n.4, pp. 512-515. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962010000400012.
Biopsies are occasionally necessary to confirm the diagnosis of secondary-stage syphilis, currently achieved by clinico-serological correlation. However, histopathologic examination may offer clues that can lead to the diagnosis of the disease in previously unsuspected or unusual cases. We report the case of a 35-year-old male patient with vitiligo-like lesions for two years, whose diagnosis of syphilis was suggested only after histopathologic examination. Some microscopic aspects observed are discussed and compared to data from the literature.
Keywords : Dermatitis; Histology; Syphilis, cutaneous; Treponemal infections.