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Re-screening for syphilis at the time of delivery in areas of high prevalence.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8191324     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two hundred women who were screened for syphilis at their initial antenatal visit were rescreened at the time of delivery. Umbilical cord blood specimens as well as maternal sera were tested. Twenty-two (11%) women were rapid plasma reagin (RPR)-positive at booking, while a total of 23 (12%) were RPR-positive at the time of delivery, including an additional 5 (3%) who seroconverted. Four women who were RPR-positive at initial testing had become negative by the time of delivery following treatment. Of all neonates born to seropositive women, only 1 demonstrated clinical evidence of congenital syphilis. In view of the high seroconversion rate, we recommend screening for syphilis at the initial antenatal visit and rescreening at the time of delivery in areas such as ours.
E T Opai-Tetteh; A A Hoosen; J Moodley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1993 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-22     Completed Date:  1994-06-22     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Mass Screening*
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Prenatal Care*
Reagins / diagnostic use
South Africa / epidemiology
Syphilis / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Syphilis Serodiagnosis / methods
Syphilis, Congenital / prevention & control*
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