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VDRL positive. Effects of this on pregnant mother and baby?

hi doctor, i have few question that need urgent clarification. 1.what is the effect for the child and pregnant mother if doctor confirm vdrl positive during pregnancy. 2.if everything seems fine until the child has reach teenage age is there anything else need to be done to the mother and child. for info, mother was not aware the danger of the disease and she got it from hubby thanking you in advance
Asked On : Fri, 14 Dec 2012
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Hello,
Intrauterine infection with syphilis can result in still birth or prematurity. Infected infants may have early manifestations  like hepatosplenomegaly,lymphadenopathy, rash,oedema, osteochondritis, haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia etc. in the first months of life.

Untreated infants can develop late manifestations 5-40 years later, which affect CNS, bones, teeth eyes and skin. Identification and appropriate treatment of infants with congenital syphilis is important to prevent these late complications.

The infant should be investigated for congenital syphilis and treated properly before discharge.
The mother should be treated aggressively for syphilis during her entire term with intramuscular benzathine penicillin in all the three trimesters.
Abide completely by your doctor's instruction.
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Answered: Sat, 15 Dec 2012
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