A case of primary syphilis

Emergency department evaluation and management

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Abstract

Syphilis is a systemic disease caused by Treponema pallidum spirochete. The majority of young, sexually active patients who have genital ulcers also have genital herpes, syphilis, or chanroid. Syphilis is therefore known as "the great imitator" because many of the characteristics of syphilis are indistinguishable from those of other sexually transmitted infections. Patients who contract syphilis may seek treatment of related complaints on the basis of varying stages of infection. It is important for the advance practice nurse to screen, diagnose, and appropriately treat all patients at risk for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections. This article presents an interesting case of a 21-year-old man with a genital lesion who presented to the emergency department. The role of the emergency department advance practice nurse in the treatment and management of patients with syphilis is outlined herein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-318
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2008

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Syphilis
Hospital Emergency Service
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Nurses
Treponema pallidum
Herpes Genitalis
Spirochaetales
Contracts
Primary syphilis
Ulcer
Therapeutics
Infection

Keywords

  • Chancre
  • Genital ulcer
  • Primary syphilis
  • Sexual transmitted infection (STI)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)

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In: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.10.2008, p. 310-318.

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