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Infect Chemother. 2009 Aug;41(4):233-235. Korean. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.3947/ic.2009.41.4.233
Won IS , Park YM , Cho HJ , Kim HS , Seo JG , Kim JY , Nam DH , Park YS , Seo YH , Cho YK .
Department of Internal Medicine, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Gil Hospital, Incheon, Korea. yspark@gilhospital.com
Department of Ophthalmology, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Gil Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Gil Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
Abstract

Syphilis is re-emerging worldwide due to the HIV epidemic. Prior to the introduction of penicillin, syphilis was the second most common primary cause of all cases of uveitis. Today, ocular syphilis is a rare disease, especially in an immunocompetent patient. Variable manifestation without pathognomonic signs of ocular syphilis often lead to delayed diagnosis, resulted in irreversibile loss of vision. In Korea, syphilitic uveitis has not been reported in an immunocompetent patient since 1984. We experienced a case of syphilitic uveitis in an immunocompetent man with visual deterioration. As the incidence of syphilis is increasing in these days, a high degree of clinical suspicion should be considered in patients with unexplained ocular inflammation and visual disturbances.

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