Nonsyphilitic painless genital ulcer

Omar Y. Gonzalez, Edward A. Graviss, Larry D. Teeter, Victor Fainstein, Maria C. Rodriguez-Barradas

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Penile involvement with tuberculosis (TB) is a rare entity, developing secondary to an endogenous source through contiguous contact, autoinoculation, or hematogenous dissemination or from an exogenous source through epidermal breach. We describe 2 cases in HIV-seropositive and -seronegative patients who presented with the primary complaint of a painless penile ulcer suggestive of a syphilitic chancre from which Mycobacterium tuberculosis was cultured. These cases illustrate unusual presentations of a common disease; in the appropriate clinical and epidemiologic context, TB should be included in the differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-83
Number of pages4
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


  • Tuberculosis
  • Ulcer, cutaneous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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