Syphilis in Pregnancy in Tanzania. I. Impact of Maternal Syphilis on Outcome of Pregnancy

  • Watson‐Jones D
  • Changalucha J
  • Gumodoka B
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Abstract

To measure the impact of maternal syphilis on pregnancy outcome in the Mwanza Region of Tanzania, 380 previously unscreened pregnant women were recruited into a retrospective cohort at delivery and tested for syphilis. Stillbirth was observed in 18 (25%) of 73 women with high-titer active syphilis (i.e., women with a rapid plasma reagin titer > or = 1 :8 and a positive Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay or indirect fluorescent treponemal antibody test result), compared with 3 (1%) of 233 uninfected women (risk ratio [RR], 18.1; P

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Authors

  • Deborah Watson‐Jones

  • John Changalucha

  • Balthazar Gumodoka

  • Helen Weiss

  • Mary Rusizoka

  • Leonard Ndeki

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