Infectious Disease Compendium

Yaws

Diagnosis

Primary papule is pruritic with tender regional lymphadenopathy. Secondary yaws involves the skin, bone, and cartilage; occasionally they ulcerate. Periostitis. Late lesions are hyperkeratotic plaque destructive bony destructive lesions, or gummata.

Epidemiologic Risks

Person to person.

Microbiology

Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue, a spirochete.

Empiric Therapy

Benzathine penicillin G 1.2 million units x one.

Pearls

Where I grew up in NE Portland, there was a restaurant named Yaws. I wonder now just what was in a Yaws Burger.

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