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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2012

Keywords

Humans, Mass Screening, Syphilis, Congenital, Unnecessary Procedures

Comments

The original article is available at www.imj.ie

Abstract

Congenital syphilis continues to present a significant public health problem worldwide. The cornerstone of prevention of congenital syphilis is antenatal screening and treatment of affected mothers with penicillin. If untreated, symptoms develop within weeks or months. Early congenital syphilis occurs in children between 0 and 2 years old, however newborns may be asymptomatic and are only identified on routine screening. If such infants are missed and untreated, they can develop late congenital syphilis after 2 years. Syphilis is known as the “Great Imitator” and congenital syphilis can present as neurosyphilis, juvenile paresis, optic atrophy, blindness, progressive sensorineural deafness, dental and skeletal abnormalities.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics

Citation

Molloy EJ, Owoeye C, Knowles S. Is antenatal screening for syphilis still necessary? Irish Medical Journal. 2012;105(2):37-8.

PubMed ID

22455234

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