Otosyphilis In An HIV-Infected Patient: The First Case in Vietnam


  • Pham Phuoc Hung Lam Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Dermato-Venereology, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000, Vietnam
  • Tam Thanh Nguyen Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000, Vietnam
  • Nguyen Ngoc Hieu Faculty of Environmental and Natural Sciences, Duy Tan University, Da Nang, 550000, Vietnam; Institute for Research and Training in Medicine, Biology and Pharmacy, Duy Tan University, Da Nang, 550000, Vietnam




syphilis, otosyphilis, neurosyphilis, HIV, sudden hearing loss


Syphilis has been re-emerging around the world, especially in MSM and people living with HIV. Because of the high number of infections, complications of the disease that were previously rare, now appear again. Otosyphilis is one of them. We reported a case of a 31-year-old MSM patient, HIV-positive, with sudden hearing loss of both ears and tinnitus due to syphilis. This is the first case of otosyphilis detected in Vietnam. The diagnosis of otosyphilis may be delayed because its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. Therefore, there should be a highly suspected indicator of otosyphilis that can help clinicians orient the diagnosis and handle it in a timely manner.


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Lam PPH, Nguyen TT, Ngoc Hieu N. Otosyphilis In An HIV-Infected Patient: The First Case in Vietnam. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2023 Feb. 28 [cited 2024 May 29];14(02):124-7. Available from: https://njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/2622



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