Ocular Syphilis Causing Panophthalmitis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum which is undergoing a global resurgence since its initial decline in the late 1980s. The authors present the case of a 30-year-old Caucasian female who was transferred to our institution for left-sided orbital cellulitis and ultimately diagnosed with ocular syphilis causing panophthalmitis. She was treated with intravenous penicillin and other broad-spectrum antibiotics, topical prednisolone, and cycloplegia, resulting in full recovery. Timely recognition of ocular syphilis by healthcare professionals is key in the prevention of visual sequelae from the infection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mathews, B; George, R; Ulrich, JN

Published Date

  • March 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e69 - e71

PubMed ID

  • 32732543

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-2677

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001780


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States