syphilis refers to the infection of the heart and
related blood vessels by the syphilis bacteria. This complication usually
begins as an
inflammation of the arteries. Destruction caused by
cardiovascular syphilis can be life-threatening.
Complications of cardiovascular syphilis include:
Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and
stops the progress of cardiovascular syphilis. But the damage that has already
occurred may not be reversed.
September 29, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
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