Syphilis in pregnancy and the neonatal period.
Doroshenko A., Sherrard J., Pollard AJ.
The recent increase in the number of cases of syphilis in the UK, including among women of reproductive age, has stimulated the need for a review of practices concerning assessment and management of syphilis in pregnancy and the neonatal period. This paper summarizes available evidence from published guidelines, primary and secondary research. Optimal management of syphilis in pregnancy and the neonatal period relies on the early diagnosis and staging of maternal disease, prompt treatment to prevent congenital syphilis, and timely assessment of newborns.