Patients with untreated syphilis may develop latent syphilis, which can continue for many years.
Serologic tests are positive but skin lesions are absent.
Perhaps 25% of untreated latent syphilis patients develop late or tertiary syphilis.
- Even though the disease is quiescent, treatment is necessary to prevent progression to late syphilis.
- See: Syphilis for treatment details.
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