Spike in Syphilis Cases Linked to Opioid Epidemic Keeps Dentists on Alert

Shruti Kashikar was startled to see the results of a biopsy sent to her lab for diagnosis a few years ago. The patient had syphilis, which many assume was nearly eradicated by the 1950s after penicillin was found to be a successful treatment.

“It was kind of rare to see it,’’ said Kashikar, an assistant professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

A recent spike in syphilis cases, linked to the opioid epidemic, means dentists and other oral health care providers should be ready to spot signs of the disease, which often appear …read more

Source: Rutgers Today

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