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How does treponema pallidum effect the baby?
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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Depends
T.Pallidum , the germ cause of syphilis can pass from mother to child in any stage of pregnancy.
The effect on the embryo or fetus ranges from death to major multiple-organ disease to a mild neonatal form that may be overlooked, but can cause long term defects.Ob's typically screen early & late in pregnancy to find & treat this condition as soon as possible.Newborns may have meningitis.

In brief: Depends
T.Pallidum , the germ cause of syphilis can pass from mother to child in any stage of pregnancy.
The effect on the embryo or fetus ranges from death to major multiple-organ disease to a mild neonatal form that may be overlooked, but can cause long term defects.Ob's typically screen early & late in pregnancy to find & treat this condition as soon as possible.Newborns may have meningitis.
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