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Syphilis returns to the suburbs


Congenital syphilis is now rare in Australia, particularly in suburban areas. The disease is both preventable and treatable, however, missed or late diagnosis can lead to catastrophic effects. We report an infant who developed congenital syphilis after multiple opportunities for preventing this condition were missed.

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Treponema pallidum haemagglutination


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We would like to thank Dr. Simone Mandelstam for providing her expert opinion and interpretation of the radiological findings.

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Hargrove, A., Curtis, N. Syphilis returns to the suburbs. Eur J Pediatr 165, 290–292 (2006).

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  • Congenital
  • Syphilis