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. 2018 Apr;42(3):176-184.
doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2018.02.005. Epub 2018 Apr 5.

Congenital Syphilis

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Congenital Syphilis

Joshua M Cooper et al. Semin Perinatol. .

Abstract

Congenital syphilis remains a major public health problem worldwide, and its incidence is increasing in the United States. This review highlights the ongoing problem of this preventable infection, and discusses vertical transmission and clinical manifestations while providing a practical algorithm for the evaluation and management of infants born to mothers with reactive serologic tests for syphilis. Every case of congenital syphilis must be seen as a failure of our public health system to provide optimal prenatal care to pregnant women, as congenital syphilis can be prevented by early and repeated prenatal serologic screening of mothers and penicillin treatment of infected women, their sexual partners, and their newborn infants.

Keywords: Congenital syphilis; congenital infection; congenital syphilis review; reverse syphilis screening.

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