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Syphilis Prognosis (Outlook)
Syphilis in the first 2 stages continues to be cured with penicillin-unlike other diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The outlook for people with tertiary syphilis is less optimistic. In one study, 20% of people with cardiovascular syphilis died without antibiotic therapy. However, more than 60% of these people, however, remain symptom free even without treatment.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015
Scott E Rudkin, MD, MBA, RDMS
Barbara J Blasko, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Ungar, MD
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