Arthritis and tenosynovitis associated with syphilis

A. Weinberger, S. Berliner, F. Solomon, J. Pinkhas

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Abstract

A patient with active arthritis and tenosynovitis, unresponsive to repeated courses of indomethacin and of prednisone, who was treated 30 years previously with Salvarsan for syphilis is reported. In the synovial fluid aspirate 7000 white blood cells per mm3 (55% polymorphonuclear and 45% mononuclear) were found. The synovial biopsy revealed moderate vascular congestion as well as infiltration with lymphocytes, plasma cells and fibroblasts. Treatment with penicillin brought a dramatic improvement within 4 weeks and the arthritis and tenosynovitis subsided completely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-280
Number of pages2
JournalRhumatologie - Revue International de Rhumatologie
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981

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