A rare presentation of congenital syphilis: Pemphigus syphiliticus in a newborn infant with extensive desquamation of the extremities

Elizabeth A. Wang, Cynthia Chambers, Marc Silverstein

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Abstract

Congenital syphilis is an infection transmitted from mother to fetus and can present with early but variable cutaneous manifestations. In rare situations, a bullous eruption known as pemphigus syphiliticus may develop. We present an unusual case of broad desquamation of the extremities in a newborn infant who was found to have congenital syphilis. Pemphigus syphiliticus should be considered in the differential diagnosis of neonatal bullous eruptions and erosions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatric Dermatology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Bullous syphilis
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Neonatal infection
  • Pemphigus syphiliticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology

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