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Definition / general
- Primary stage called chancre, has painless ulcerations
- Secondary stage has mucous patches along oral mucosa
- Tertiary stage is characterized by destruction of bone called gumma
Microscopic (histologic) description
- Granulomas with giant cells, plasma cells, vascular changes
- Immunoperoxidase stain for Treponema pallidum demonstrates numerous spirochetes