Oral injuries as syphilis diagnosis

case report


  • Luísa Souza Meireles
  • Juliana Monteiro Ramos Coelho
  • Marina Ramos Alvim
  • Filomena Aste Silveira
  • Carolina de Freitas Narciso Martins
  • Camila Fonseca Barros
  • Carolina Galvão
  • Philippe Godefroy


syphilis, Treponema pallidum, sexually transmitted diseases


Syphilis can present a variety of clinical manifestations as a consequence of the tropism that Treponema pallidum causes to various organs and body tissues. The oral cavity can be affected in all stages of the disease, therefore diagnosis requires knowledge of multidisciplinary health professionals. Even with the introduction of penicillin in the last century and initiatives of sexually transmitted diseases prevention, an increase in the incidence of syphilis has been observed, which indicates a public health issue. This paper presented the case of a patient with syphilitic chancre in the oral cavity, whose dental surgeon diagnosed an injury and referred her to the city sexually transmitted diseases ambulatory for treatment.


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Author Biographies

Luísa Souza Meireles

Medical resident in Gynecology/Obstetrics at Luiz Gioseffi Jannuzzi Teaching Hospital, School of Medicine of Valença – Valença (RJ), Brazil

Juliana Monteiro Ramos Coelho

Master in Epidemiology, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ); Professor of Gynecology/Obstetrics at the School of Medicine of Valença (FMV) and at the University Center of Volta Redonda – Volta Redonda (RJ), Brazil.

Marina Ramos Alvim

Physician responsible for the STD/AIDS program of the city of Valença – Valença (RJ), Brazil.

Filomena Aste Silveira

Doctor of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); Full professor of Gynecology/Obstetrics at FMV; Physician at the Institute of Gynecology at UFRJ – Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.

Carolina de Freitas Narciso Martins

Physician and Specialization student in the Obstetrics Sector of the School of Medicine at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo (SP), Brazil.

Camila Fonseca Barros

Graduate in Urogynecology and Vaginal Surgery, School of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais; Gynecologist and Obstetrician at Márcio Cunha Hospital – Ipatinga (MG), Brazil.

Carolina Galvão

Nursing coordinator at Lagos State Hospital – Saquarema (RJ), Brazil.

Philippe Godefroy

Master in Maternal and Child Health, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); Coordinator of Tocogynecology at Lagos State Hospital – Saquarema (RJ), Brazil.




How to Cite

Meireles LS, Coelho JMR, Alvim MR, Silveira FA, Martins C de FN, Barros CF, et al. Oral injuries as syphilis diagnosis: case report. DST [Internet]. 2022 Aug. 9 [cited 2024 Jul. 12];26(1-4):25-8. Available from: https://www.bjstd.org/revista/article/view/642



Case Report