What is the role of dark-field microscopy in the diagnosis of endemic syphilis?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020
  • Author: Hassan I Galadari, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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This is the best method to confirm a treponemal disease. Although it does not specify the correct species because of similarities in morphology, the test promptly confirms that the infection is caused by a treponeme.

Serum is obtained by squeezing the base of the lesion.

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