Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
CASE REPORT
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130--132

Syphilis cornee mimicking lichen planus clinically and histologically


Betsy Ambooken1, Neelakandhan Asokan1, KT Jisha2, Lincy Ninan1 
1 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Neelakandhan Asokan
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala
India

Palmoplantar lesions of secondary syphilis are often termed “syphilis cornee.” A 32-year-old male presented with itchy lichenoid papules on both soles and left palm associated with grayish white papules on the buccal mucosa and glans penis. Initial clinical diagnosis of palmoplantar lichen planus with mucosal involvement was supported by the histopathological finding of interface dermatitis. However, more detailed history, serological tests of syphilis, and review of histopathological findings led us to revise the diagnosis as syphilis cornee. This case highlights the uncommon presentation of syphilis cornee as pruritic palmoplantar lichenoid papules with histology showing interface dermatitis. A high index of clinical suspicion of secondary syphilis is needed as its manifestations are often deceptive.


How to cite this article:
Ambooken B, Asokan N, Jisha K T, Ninan L. Syphilis cornee mimicking lichen planus clinically and histologically.Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2018;39:130-132


How to cite this URL:
Ambooken B, Asokan N, Jisha K T, Ninan L. Syphilis cornee mimicking lichen planus clinically and histologically. Indian J Sex Transm Dis [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 7 ];39:130-132
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