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Dubois abscess

Dubois abscess is an eponym referring to cystic lesions of the thymus seen in newborns with congenital syphilis.

Although they were initially considered to be abscesses by Dubois due to their purulent content, the lesions are in fact true cysts lined by a stratified squamous epithelium similar to that of the pharynx. Treponema pallidum can be demonstrated in the contents of the cysts as well as the cystic wall.

Last updated: May 3, 2012, 11:10 am EST

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