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Can a woman pass on syphilis to her baby?
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: YES
Congenital syphylis is well known.

In brief: YES
Congenital syphylis is well known.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Syphilis can be passed from a mother to baby in utero.
This can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight ; premature delivery. If untreated the baby can become deaf, have cataracts, seizures or die shortly after birth.

In brief: Yes
Syphilis can be passed from a mother to baby in utero.
This can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight ; premature delivery. If untreated the baby can become deaf, have cataracts, seizures or die shortly after birth.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
This can occur at any stage of pregnancy but is also treatable at any stage.
Most OB docs and hospitals screen for this disease routinely. Some in early pregnancy and also at birth. I have treated a case where mother gained the disease unexpectedly at 5 mo, and the infant had a syphilis induced nerve palsy at 6 wks when I first saw the kid.

In brief: Yes
This can occur at any stage of pregnancy but is also treatable at any stage.
Most OB docs and hospitals screen for this disease routinely. Some in early pregnancy and also at birth. I have treated a case where mother gained the disease unexpectedly at 5 mo, and the infant had a syphilis induced nerve palsy at 6 wks when I first saw the kid.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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