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Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain
syphilis bacteria. They may appear as nodules or
ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they
range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:
Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and
stops the development of gummata. But the scar tissue that forms after
successful treatment will probably not go away.
September 29, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
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