Multiple lesions of erythema migrans in a “Christmas tree” pattern as a presenting sign of Lyme disease

The “Christmas tree” orientation of scaling lesions along the skin tension (Langer) lines in pityriasis rosea is well known. This pattern is best appreciated on complete examination of the trunk, in which the eruption follows the long axis of the V-shaped lines of the upper chest and back, emanating around the axillae, and running transversely along the abdominal wall and lower back. Secondary syphilis has a similar presentation. When patients present with asymptomatic, larger, nonscaling patches along Langer lines, another condition deserves diagnostic consideration.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: JAAD Online Source Type: research

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Source: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Conclusions While public health efforts often focus on MSM, non-MSM with STIs is also a subgroup at high risk of incident HIV diagnosis. Non-MSM and MSM with any STI, particularly syphilis, should be prioritized for HIV testing and prevention interventions.
Source: Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Category: Sexual Medicine Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions Testing costs varied between venues, reflecting differences in the models used and intensity of services provided. Although staff costs are the major driver, buildings and supplies costs are also significant. Our findings suggest that outreach screenings using rapid syphilis tests may be a feasible and cost-effective tool for health departments when targeting known high-prevalence areas and hard-to-reach populations.
Source: Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Category: Sexual Medicine Tags: The Real World of STD Prevention Source Type: research
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Source: JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: research
Intern Med. 2021 Oct 19. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.8269-21. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTWe herein report a 46-year-old man presenting with locked-in syndrome secondary to meningovascular syphilis. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated multiple acute infarctions in the left ventromedial pons, right basis pontis, and left basal ganglia. His locked-in syndrome was hypothesized to have been caused by thrombosis of the small paramedian branches of the basilar artery due to syphilitic arteritis. This is a unique case of bilateral ventromedial pontine infarction caused by meningovascular syphilis that presente...
Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions: The prevalence of gestational syphilis in Cali during 2018 exceeded the national rate with a higher frequency among women in socioeconomic vulnerability conditions consistent with the general spatial distribution. There was a lack of opportunity in the early detection and management of the infection both among pregnant women and their contacts, which hinders the control of the disease and reflects the inadequate application of the comprehensive maternal and perinatal health care route guidelines.PMID:34669285 | DOI:10.7705/biomedica.6003
Source: Biomedica : Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe observe a slight increase in chlamydia and gonorrhoea incidence in the Belgian population over the study period. MSM are at higher risk of STI and represent an overwhelming proportion of syphilis cases. Being a woman is associated with higher risk of acquiring chlamydia and herpes infection. We recommend continuing prevention and awareness campaigns targeting high risk groups.Key messagesMSM and women remain high-risk populations regarding STIs among the patient population of general practitioners.Continuous STI surveillance is necessary to monitor STI related healthcare needs and adapt prevention programs.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Brief Reports Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infection Source Type: research
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