Syphilitic heart disease:

What is Syphilitic heart disease?

Syphilitic aortitis or the syphilitic heart disease is aggravation of the aorta related with the tertiary phase of syphilis disease. SA starts as aggravation of the furthest layer of the vein, including the veins that supply the actual aorta with blood, the vasa vasorum. As SA deteriorates, the vasa vasorum go through hyperplastic thickening of their dividers along these lines confining blood stream and causing ischemia of the external 66% of the aortic divider. Starved for oxygen and supplements, versatile strands become inconsistent and smooth muscle cells kick the bucket. In the event that the illness advances, syphilitic aortitis prompts an aortic aneurysm. Generally speaking, tertiary syphilis is an uncommon reason for aortic aneurysms.


The contamination frequently has no indications until the patient builds up an aneurysm in light of the aortic dilatation. The infection is regularly found after a normal test of the heart and aorta. In spite of the fact that is not difficult to be neglected, different manifestations of tertiary syphilis may show up, for example, indications of neurosyphilis (cerebral pain, solid neck, walk irregularity, dementia and so forth) Moreover, in uncommon cases, chest torment and windedness may show up because of the harm of the aorta and heart valve.


The favored treatment at all stages is penicillin, an anti-toxin drug that can slaughter the living bacteria that causes syphilis. In case you're susceptible to penicillin, your primary care physician may propose another anti-microbial or suggest penicillin desensitization

Syphilitic heart disease: 

Syphilitic heart disease, also known as cardiovascular syphilis, is a complication of the bacterial infection syphilis that affects the heart. 


It is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum, which is typically transmitted through sexual contact.


The symptoms of syphilitic heart disease can vary, but may include: 

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • aortic aneurysms.

 In advanced stages, the disease can lead to heart failure and other serious complications.


Diagnosis of syphilitic heart disease is typically made through the following tests:

  • Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test 
  • Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test, to detect antibodies to the syphilis bacteria
  • serological test
  • PCR test 
  • FTA-ABS test 


Note: Evaluate syphilitic aortic aneurysms under DC 7110 (aortic aneurysm).

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