Screening for Syphilis During Pregnancy in Turkey

Authors

  • Yusuf Aytaç Tohma Başkent University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Konya
  • Hasan Energin Başkent University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Konya
  • Emel Ebru Özçimen Başkent University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Konya
  • Eser Çolak Başkent University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Konya

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21613/GORM.2016.51

Keywords:

Antenatal care, Screening, Syphilis

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of syphilis among patients at a tertiary referral center in Turkey and determine the need for antenatal syphilis screening based on the results.
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study based on patient data obtained from a tertiary referral center in Turkey. Serological syphilis screening using the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) was performed on all pregnant women as a part of routine antenatal care at their first hospital visit during pregnancy. Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay (TPHA) was used to confirm positive screening results for syphilis.
RESULTS: Patients’ mean age was 27.4 years. The incidence of positive syphilis serology was 0.013% (one patient), which was supported by a positive confirmatory test (0.013%).The TPHA-positive pregnant woman diagnosed with syphilis was treated with benzathine penicillin, and she gave birth to normal infants without any signs of congenital syphilis.
CONCLUSION: Syphilis prevalence should be determined in each developing country with population-based studies. According to the prevalence of syphilis, each country should determine its own syphilis antenatal screening policies.

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Published

2016-08-31

How to Cite

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Tohma YA, Energin H, Özçimen EE, Çolak E. Screening for Syphilis During Pregnancy in Turkey. Gynecol Obstet Reprod Med [Internet]. 2016Aug.31 [cited 2022Aug.17];22(2):72-4. Available from: https://gorm.com.tr/index.php/GORM/article/view/51

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Obstetrics; Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology

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