Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain
syphilis bacteria. They may appear as nodules or
ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they
range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:
Skin, where they cause
shallow open sores that heal slowly.
Mucous membranes. These gummas may become cancerous.
Bones, where they cause destruction of bones and pain that is
especially severe at night.
in visual impairment that may lead to blindness.