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Congenital syphilis in the newborn.
  1. V Chawla,
  2. P B Pandit,
  3. F K Nkrumah
  1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Zimbabwe, Harare.


    We studied 53 newborn babies with congenital syphilis. The common clinical features seen were low birth weight, hepatosplenomegaly, anaemia, jaundice, and symmetrical superficial desquamation of the skin affecting palms and soles. The presence of these clinical signs is highly suggestive of early congenital syphilis. Hydrops fetalis without rhesus or ABO isoimmunisation should always arouse the suspicion of congenital syphilis.

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