It is relatively easier to treat syphilis during the early stages of the infection. If left untreated or inadequately treated, syphilis can lead to dangerous consequences and even cause death.
If untreated, then syphilis can either manifest itself in the form of severe complications or the symptoms may also be imperceptible. These spirochete bacteria can spread throughout the body, and also affect certain vital organs of the body. Untreated syphilis can cause damage to the heart, and affect the functioning of the circulatory system. It can also cause damage to the brain, and the nervous system if not treated. Untreated syphilis can also manifest itself in the form of dangerous lesions on the skin, bones, etc.
If untreated for long, syphilis can manifest itself in the form of hearing and sight impairment, brain damage, or even certain forms of heart diseases. People with a weak immune system such as HIV positive patients are more prone to progress to this latent stage earlier than others.
If syphilis remains untreated in women who are pregnant, then syphilis can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and single or multiple organs malfunctioning, which may or may not be apparent at the time of birth but which becomes obvious as the child grows up.
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