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Congenital syphilis: Evaluation, management, and prevention

Author
Simon R Dobson, MD, FRCP(C)
Section Editors
Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
Leonard E Weisman, MD
Deputy Editor
Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH

INTRODUCTION

Congenital syphilis occurs when the spirochete Treponema pallidum is transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection can result in stillbirth, prematurity, or a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations; only severe cases are clinically apparent at birth [1].

The evaluation, management, and prevention of congenital syphilis will be discussed here. The clinical features and diagnosis of congenital syphilis are discussed separately. (See "Congenital syphilis: Clinical features and diagnosis".)

Syphilis in pregnancy and acquired syphilis also are discussed separately:

(See "Syphilis in pregnancy".)

(See "Syphilis: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations in HIV-uninfected patients".)

                                     

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