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Chest x-ray is not routinely used to detect syphilis. However, complications associated with syphilis may be detected incidentally on x-ray. Cardiovascular manifestations of syphilis may be seen as a non-specific widening of the aortic or mediastinal silhouettes on PA and lateral chest x-ray. Linear calcification of the ascending aorta is an almost pathognomonic finding of syphlitic aortitis. This may prompt the clinician to order further imaging studies for confirmation. Additionally, on chest x-ray, secondary pulmonary syphilis may be characterized by the bilateral infiltrates, pleural effusion, subpleural nodules, and lymphadenopathy. X ray findings may also include osteolytic bone lesions.
X-ray findings in syphilis are largely non-specific and may be found incidentally. Common incidental x-ray findings of syphilis may include:
Chest x-ray is not routinely used to detect thoracic manifestations of syphilis. However, thoracic aortic aneurysms associated with syphilis may be detected incidentally as a widening of the aortic or mediastinal silhouettes on PA and lateral chest x-ray. Accurate assessment of the exact size is difficult and further imaging studies are required to do so. Linear calcification of the ascending aorta is an almost pathognomonic finding of syphlitic aortitis.
X-ray findings may also include osteolytic bone lesions.
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