Journal article

Congenital Syphilis in Honiara, Solomon Islands

Maxson Lifigao, Titus Nasi, Carol Titiulu, Steven Lumasa, Trevor Duke

Journal of Tropical Pediatrics | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Congenital syphilis remains a significant cause of newborn mortality and long-term neurodevelopmental problems in some low- and middle-income countries. This study was done in Honiara, Solomon Islands to determine the incidence of babies born to mothers with a positive venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test and a positive Treponema pallidum haemagglutination assay (TPHA); to determine the VDRL status of newborns and features of congenital syphilis; and to estimate the proportion of stillbirths associated with syphilis. METHODOLOGY: All neonates born to VDRL-positive mothers, including stillbirths were included between April and July 2019. Neonates were examined, inves..

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