May 9, 2017
Although the incidence of syphilis has been rising in the United States, dermatologists may infrequently diagnose the disease, according to a retrospective review of cases in Rhode Island published in JAMA Dermatology.
“In 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Health reported that the number of statewide cases of syphilis had increased by 79% from prior years,” Jack. P. Cossman, MD, and John B. Fournier, MD, of the department of dermatology at Roger Williams Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island, wrote. “In fact, nationwide, the incidence of syphilis has been rising alarmingly in the 21st century, prompting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to update screening recommendations in 2016. … While historically syphilology was a major focus of dermatology, it is unclear who primarily diagnoses syphilis in the modern era.”