Syphilis Infection in Women

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Abstract

  • Syphilis remains a significant problem in society. Rates are rising, particularly in the southeastern USA. As the âœgreat imitatorâ, syphilis can manifest in many ways, but usually progresses through distinct stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. Serologic screening plays a key role, especially in women, as initial signs/symptoms may occur in anatomic areas that are difficult to visualize. Diagnosis of syphilis is done most frequently by utilization of serologic testing â" both treponemal and nontreponemal. Screening is a necessary part of prenatal care in pregnant women, due to the potentially devastating consequences of untreated infection. Penicillin is the recommended firstâ-line treatment, and the only option for treatment of pregnant women with syphilis. Close followâ-up to document treatment response is mandatory. Infants born to women without evaluation and/or documented treatment and response need evaluation prior to discharge. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780470658352
  • Start Page

  • 36
  • End Page

  • 44