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The recent increase in the number of cases of syphilis in the UK, including among women of reproductive age, has stimulated the need for a review of practices concerning assessment and management of syphilis in pregnancy and the neonatal period. This paper summarizes available evidence from published guidelines, primary and secondary research. Optimal management of syphilis in pregnancy and the neonatal period relies on the early diagnosis and staging of maternal disease, prompt treatment to prevent congenital syphilis, and timely assessment of newborns.

Original publication

DOI

10.1258/095646206776253354

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J STD AIDS

Publication Date

04/2006

Volume

17

Pages

221 - 227

Keywords

Decision Trees, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Postpartum Period, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Infectious, Prenatal Diagnosis, Syphilis, Syphilis, Congenital, United Kingdom