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Am Fam Physician. 1988 Jan;37(1):185-90.

The asymptomatic patient with a positive VDRL test.

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University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington.


Although VDRL and RPR tests are excellent screens for syphilis, false-positive reactions do occur. A positive VDRL or RPR test must be confirmed with an FTA-ABS test. Patients with positive serologic tests should have a thorough physical examination to determine the stage of syphilis. A patient with a low-titer VDRL or RPR may have active disease and may require lumbar puncture to rule out neurosyphilis.

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