syphilis, congenital syphilis, syphilis in pregnancy, syphilis treatment, syphilis pathophysiology
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Despite available prevention and treatment measures, congenital syphilis is on the rise again in the United States (Su et al, 2016). Congenital syphilis is caused by maternal infection during pregnancy with the bacteria Treponema pallidum, which is then transmitted to the fetus. Complications include miscarriage, fetal and neonatal death, premature birth, and other anomalies in the newborn. The leading factor in congenital syphilis infection is limited or no prenatal care (Dobson, 2016). If the syphilis-infected mother is treated during pregnancy, infection of the fetus can be prevented (Su et al, 2016). Nurses and health care providers need to be well informed on the risk factors and be able to rapidly diagnose congenital syphilis so that treatment can be initiated, leading to decreased fetal and neonatal mortality.
Bennett, Natalie T., "Congenital Syphilis" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. Paper 173.