Pinta affects all age groups, as opposed to other endemic treponemal diseases for which children are the most often affected. Most cases are limited to the skin. Infection usually is spread by person-to-person contact in endemic areas by direct skin or mucous membrane contact.
Pinta infection is divided into 3 stages. After an incubation period of 7-30 days, the primary infection begins as one or several small papules, usually on the exposed surfaces of the extremities. Papules are typically painless but may be pruritic. These primary lesions enlarge over the course of 3-9 months to form secondary lesions, including scaly, reddish papules and sometimes psoriasiform plaques (pintids or psoriasiform pintids). Regional lymph nodes may be enlarged and painless or inflamed. Primary and secondary lesions are extremely infectious. Over time, the color of the lesions changes from copper to slate blue, and they eventually appear white (either hypo- or depigmented) and either macular or atrophic, marking onset of the third stage. In this stage, hyperkeratosis of the palms and soles may also be seen, along with atrophic plaques. Late-stage tertiary lesions are no longer infectious. Regional lymphadenopathy may persist in this stage.
A67.9 – Pinta, unspecified
22064009 – Pinta
Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls
Primary and secondary lesions:
- – the lesions are more inflammatory and crusted
- – the lesions are associated with trauma and ascend the lymphatic chain
- – nonvenereal treponemal infection with more papillomatous lesions
- , including lupus vulgaris and tuberculosis verrucosa cutis
- – presents with smooth keloidal or verrucoid nodules
- – the lesions are typically umbilicated
- Tick granuloma