Journal article

Ocular syphilis in Pacific peoples-are we making misdiagnoses secondary to yaws?

Hannah Gill, Helen Danesh-Meyer, Joanne L Sims, Mitzi Nisbet, Rachael L Niederer

The New Zealand medical journal | NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

AIMS: To determine the demographic and clinical features of patients with ocular disease consistent with syphilis and positive treponemal serology in Auckland, and to compare patients who lived in a Pacific nation before 1960 with all other patients with regard to these features, considering a possible history of yaws infection. METHODS: Retrospective review of subjects seen in uveitis and neuroophthalmology clinics at Auckland District Health Board between January 2006 and June 2019. RESULTS: Two thousand four hundred and ninety-three subjects were reviewed in uveitis clinics during the timeframe, of whom 45 were diagnosed with syphilitic uveitis (1.8%). Mean age was 56.2±14.8 years and 34 ..

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