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Rectal bleeding caused by a syphilitic inflammatory mass


A 47-year-old man presented with fatigue, decrease appetite, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. His colonoscopy revealed a single, firm, raised, centrally ulcerated mass at the anorectal junction. During this same admission, he was diagnosed with HIV and syphilis, found to have multiple hepatic lesions and positive cerebrospinal fluidvenereal disease research laboratory test (VDRL). Biopsies from both the hepatic lesions and rectal ulcer showed spirochaetes by immunostaining. The initial presentation was felt to be secondary to a rectal inflammatory mass caused by syphilis.

  • ulcer
  • infection (gastroenterology)
  • syphilis
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