U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Update of the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement about screening for syphilis in pregnancy.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force did a targeted literature search for evidence on the benefits of screening, the harms of screening, and the harms of treatment of syphilis with penicillin during pregnancy.
Screen all pregnant women for syphilis infection. (Grade A recommendation.)
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Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
June 18, 2009
And what about Preconception care
The reason for syphilis screening in the first prenatal care visit is to find in time and treat those infected women in order to prevent fetal infection. Nowdays, that the importance of preconception care is rising, I think we should offer the the same syphilis screening test in the preconception visit. I would like to get the task force answer to this idea.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnancy: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. ;150:705–709. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-150-10-200905190-00008
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;150(10):705-709.
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