Syphilis Neonatal Management, Neonatology, WoS MCN

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Syphilis is caused by the spirochaete Treponema pallidum. It affects a large number of pregnant women worldwide but is now rare in the UK with 50 – 60 cases of syphilis diagnosed in pregnant women each year. Since 2000, the incidence of syphilis in the Scottish population has been increasing with specific outbreaks reported in some Board areas among young heterosexuals, with obvious implications for syphilis in pregnancy. Less than 5 diagnoses of infectious syphilis in pregnancy are diagnosed in Scotland each year and due to a combination of antenatal screening and treatment, congenital syphilis is extremely rare in Scotland.  However, in England and Wales there were 7 cases in 2016/17. Congenital syphilis may also present in babies and children recently arrived in the UK where mothers did not undergo adequate antenatal care.  Congenital syphilis can be divided into early (<2 years) and late disease (>2 years).

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