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Assessment of the value of rescreening for syphilis in the third trimester of pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610-0294, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Our aim is evaluating the need for repeating tests for syphilis on pregnant women in the third trimester.

STUDY DESIGN:

A single-center retrospective cohort study was performed on all women delivering 7/03-6/04.

RESULTS:

During the study interval, 2244 women delivered at our hospital. Of those women having available records and attending at least one prenatal visit, 1940 (98.9%) were screened for syphilis at the first prenatal visit. Of the 1627 women beginning prenatal care prior to 27 weeks and delivering after 32 weeks, 1377 (84.6%) were rescreened in the third trimester. No cases of syphilis were identified with either the initial (upper limit of 95% CI 0.24%) or repeat (upper limit of 95% CI 0.34%) screening.

CONCLUSIONS:

In our obstetric population, syphilis is so uncommon that mandated prenatal screening on more than one occasion seems unjustified and laws requiring repeated screening should be reevaluated.

PMID:
17485804
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PMCID:
PMC1581468
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