E. C. RAFFENSPERGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; R. J. MCDONALD, M.D.; R. A. HOUSTON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The subject of gastric syphilis appears to be in a controversial stage. Until recent years, authorities have almost unanimously stated that a luetic infection rarely involved the stomach. The pendulum is swinging, possibly to the other extreme. As Stokes, Beerman, and Ingraham1 comment, one gets the "impression that syphilis of the gastrointestinal tract is an affair of everyday occurrence" from the multitude of reports appearing in the literature.
Probably the gastroscope has had a stimulating rôle in the increased interest in this subject. Since the report by Schindler2 and the study by Sexton et al.3 in 1937, numerous case reports
RAFFENSPERGER EC, MCDONALD RJ, HOUSTON RA. EARLY GASTRIC SYPHILIS: REPORT OF CASE WITH EXTENSIVE INFILTRATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:172–179. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-1-172
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