Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain Reference syphilis Opens New Window bacteria. They may appear as nodules or ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:
- Skin, where they cause shallow open sores that heal slowly.
- Mucous membranes. These gummas may become cancerous.
- Bones, where they cause destruction of bones and pain that is especially severe at night.
- Eyes, resulting in visual impairment that may lead to blindness.
- Respiratory system, where they cause hoarseness, breathing problems, and wheezing.
- Gastrointestinal system, where they cause stomach pain, inability to eat large meals, belching, and weight loss.
Reference Antibiotic Opens New Window treatment cures the syphilis infection and stops the development of gummata. But the scar tissue that forms after successful treatment will probably not go away.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease