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Syphilis in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3358167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The course and outcome of 356 pregnant patients who had a positive serologic test for syphilis and who had delivery at the LSU Medical Center between Jan 1, 1982 and Dec 31, 1984 were compared to those of our general obstetric population. Records of these women and their infants were reviewed for details of prenatal care, diagnosis of syphilis, past treatment, discharge diagnoses, and follow-up. Syphilis occurred during the index pregnancy in 159 cases. Women with syphilis were older, likely to be black and unmarried, and likely to have been pregnant before. Their prenatal care was the same as that of our general obstetric population. Prematurity in syphilitic pregnancies was twice that of our general population; stillborns were four times as common. Eighty-six patients were treated before delivery and 73 were not; the latter included women without prenatal care, those who contracted syphilis after negative early pregnancy screening, and those not treated because of physician error. Forty-nine infants had probable congenital syphilis; seven were stillborn and 42 liveborn.
R R McKown; P S Kapernick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1988 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-05-19     Completed Date:  1988-05-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  447-51     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport.
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MeSH Terms
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology*
Pregnancy Outcome*
Prenatal Care
Syphilis / epidemiology*
Syphilis Serodiagnosis
Syphilis, Congenital / epidemiology*,  mortality

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