Secondary syphilis presenting as SAPHO syndrome features

Yoav Arnson, Alan Rubinow, Howard Amital

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The SAPHO syndrome may evolve following low virulent infections. This report describes a patient who developed a clinical syndrome that complied with the formal diagnostic criteria of the SAPHO following an infection with syphilis. His clinical manifestations gradually resolved following antibiotic therapy. This interesting association underlines the pathogenic circumstances linking infections and various rheumatic conditions. It is less evident whether resolution of the symptoms was ascribed to the eradication of the bacteria or perhaps due to cessation of the autoinflammatory reaction to the infection induced. In our description we suggest a correlation between infection with Treponema pallidum and the induction of SAPHO syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1121
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Arthritis
  • Periosteitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Syphilis


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