Necklace of Venus

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Necklace of Venus
Other names: Venereal necklace, collar of Venus, leucoderma syphiliticum[1]
SymptomsWhite spots on neck[2]
Diagnostic methodVisualisation, blood test, skin biopsy[2]

Necklace of Venus describes the white spots on the side of the neck associated with syphilis.[2][4]

It is a type of leucoderma syphiliticum, appearing around 6-months following the onset of syphilis.[3]

It is rare.[3] The term was coined by Jean Alfred Fournier in 1906.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eyer-Silva, WA; Martins, CJ; Silva, GARD; Acakpovi, G; Pinto, JFDC (6 November 2017). "Secondary syphilis presenting as leucoderma syphiliticum: case report and review". Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo. 59: e74. doi:10.1590/S1678-9946201759074. PMID 29116294. Archived from the original on 1 July 2023. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ferri, Fred F. (2022). "Syphilis". Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2022. Philadelphia: Elsevier. p. 1452. ISBN 978-0-323-75571-9. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-05-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bhatia, Riti; Ramam, M. (2018). "2. Dermatopathology clues in pigmentary disorders". In Kumarasinghe, Prasad (ed.). Pigmentary Skin Disorders. Springer. p. 48. ISBN 978-3-319-70418-0. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-05-06.
  4. Mysore, Venkatara; Sacchidanand, S. (2016). "33. Sexually transmitted diseases". Dermatological Diseases: A Practical Approach (2nd ed.). New Delhi: Wolters kluwer. p. 185. ISBN 978-93-5129-546-4. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-05-06.