Congenital Syphilis

Below you will find more information about Congenital Syphilis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Congenital Syphilis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Congenital Syphilis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Congenital Syphilis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Congenital syphilis is an intense, disabling, and frequently life-threatening infection reported in infants. Syphilis may be spread through an infected pregnant woman's placenta and pass on to the unborn child. Almost fifty percent of the children infected with the disease at the time of development die shortly prior or after their birth.


If the disease is suspected at birth, placenta is examined for syphilis signs. The infant undergoes physical examination that can show indications of spleen and liver swelling, as well as bone inflammation.


The treatment used in all types of syphilis is Penicillin. Infants that are born to infected women, who have received sufficient penicillin treatment while pregnant, are at low risk.

Symptoms and Signs

Different indications of the disease show in newborns, older infant, and young child. Symptoms in newborn include irritability, nose has watery discharge, mouth/genitalia/anus rash, small blisters on soles and palms, thrive failure, failure of weight gain, saddle nose, and serious congenital pneumonia. Signs in young child and older infant include joint swelling, bone pain, saber shins, vision loss, abnormal teeth, vision loss, cornea clouding, and condylomata.


The disease is caused by an organism called Treponema Pallidum passed on from pregnant woman to child at the time of fetal development or during birth.

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