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Late endemic syphilis: case report of bejel with gummatous laryngitis.
  1. J L Pace,
  2. G W Csonka
  1. King Abdul Aziz Military Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.


    An elderly Bedouin woman originally thought, on clinical and histological grounds, to have tuberculosis of the larynx was found to have gummatous laryngitis due to late endemic syphilis (bejel). This disease is highly prevalent in the Bedouin tribes of the Middle East. Doctors dealing with Arab patients, either in the Middle East or elsewhere, should be aware of this possibility.

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