Syphilitic pneumonitis in an HIV-infected patient

D. P. Dooley, S. Tomski

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Pneumonitis and symptomatic hepatitis are very rare complications of syphilis. Symptomatic hepatitis and subclinical reticulonodular pulmonary infiltrates were observed when an HIV-infected patient presented with secondary syphilis. The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction included a flare of hepatitis symptoms, resembling cholangitis. In a patient with syphilis, it may be appropriate to delay an aggressive evaluation for suspected pneumonitis or cholangitis pending the outcome of specific antitreponemal therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-631
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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