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Otorinolaringologia 2000 December;50(4):209-12

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language: Italian

Acute respiratory failure in a patient with specific laryngitis during secondary syphilis. Diagnostic and therapeutic features

Ferri E., Armato E., Ianniello F., Nisi E., Filardo A. V.

Unità Sanitaria Locale n. 13 - Riviera del Brenta Presidio Ospedaliero di Dolo (Venezia) Unità Operativa Autonoma di Otorinolaringoiatria (Primario: Dott. F. Ianniello) *Servizio di Anatomia e Istologia Patologica (Primario: Dott. R. Giordano)


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Laryngeal stenosis is a specific inflammation caused by secondary syphilis seldom leads to acute respiratory failure, particularly in the early stages of the illness. Moreover, syphilis is an endemic disease only in African and Arab countries and it is extremely rare at our latitudes. A case of secondary luetic laryngitis observed because of acute respiratory failure is described. Since respiratory failure worsened rapidly it was necessary to perform emergency tracheotomy. Therefore the rarity of laryngeal involvement, the histopathological findings, the extraordinary clinical picture and the uncommon therapeutic solution are underlined.

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