Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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Keywords
congenital syphilis; TORCH infection; Treponema pallidum
Key points
  1. A recent report found that rates of congenital syphilis are on the rise for the first time since 2013.
  2. Congenital syphilis infection in the unwell neonate should be suspected despite negative antenatal blood tests, as maternal serology can change during pregnancy.
  3. Prompt diagnosis of congenital syphilis is imperative to prevent long-term morbidity and mortality.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 15/ISSUE 4, JULY 2019
Craniotabes: a case of congenital deformation of the skull
This article presents a striking cranial deformity in a newborn baby in the context of an abnormal lie in utero compounded by biochemical vitamin D deficiency in the mother and baby in a high risk ethnic group. This case highlights the importance of prophylactically addressing adequate vitamin D nutrition in pregnancy to prevent occult bone disease in newborns.

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