Penicillin is used to treat all forms of syphilis.
Many infants who were infected early in the pregnancy are stillborn. Treatment of the expectant mother lowers the risk of congenital syphilis in the infant. Babies who become infected when passing through the birth canal have a better outlook.
- Deformity of the face
- Neurological problems
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if your baby has signs or symptoms of this condition.
If you think that you may have syphilis and are pregnant (or anticipate becoming pregnant), call your health care provider immediately.
Congenital syphilis : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Congenital syphilis : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Congenital syphilis : Treatment
Review Date : 11/2/2009
Reviewed By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Norhtwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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