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Can I die from quaternary syphilis if I ignore it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
9 doctors agree

In brief: Tertiary?

Late-latent syphilis is tertiary syphilis and can produce significant changes and death in individuals affected.

In brief: Tertiary?

Late-latent syphilis is tertiary syphilis and can produce significant changes and death in individuals affected.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
5 doctors agree

In brief: No such thing

The latest stage of syphilis is tertiary; there is no "quaternary" stage.
Untreated syphilis almost never is fatal, but once in a while it can cause serious illness with disabling complications. If you think you have syphilis or have been diagnosed with it, follow your doctor's advice about treatment and follow-up.

In brief: No such thing

The latest stage of syphilis is tertiary; there is no "quaternary" stage.
Untreated syphilis almost never is fatal, but once in a while it can cause serious illness with disabling complications. If you think you have syphilis or have been diagnosed with it, follow your doctor's advice about treatment and follow-up.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: You're already dead!

Classification of syphilis is based either on time from initial infection (early/late/late-latent) vs on syndromes (primary, secondary, tertiary).
If ignored in the tertiary stage, then you can die from an aortic dissection, aneurysmal blowout, stroke. And from other end-organ damage that can mimic other diseases. Since quartinary comes after tertiary, the patient is likely dead!

In brief: You're already dead!

Classification of syphilis is based either on time from initial infection (early/late/late-latent) vs on syndromes (primary, secondary, tertiary).
If ignored in the tertiary stage, then you can die from an aortic dissection, aneurysmal blowout, stroke. And from other end-organ damage that can mimic other diseases. Since quartinary comes after tertiary, the patient is likely dead!
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