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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 195-198

A rare case of early congenital syphilis with patent ductus arteriosus: The continuing curse for generations

Department of DVL, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Boina Kinnera
Department of DVL, Government General Hospital, Kakinada- 533001, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_19_19

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A 19-year-old female with untreated syphilis (venereal disease research laboratory test reactive) delivered a female child at 34 weeks with low birth weight, intrauterine growth retardation, respiratory distress, and bilateral pedal edema. One week later, the baby was found to be having pansystolic murmur confirmed by ECHO as patent ductus arteriosus. At 2 weeks, the baby developed maculopapular rash; hepatomegaly; and swelling of the shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist, and medial end of the clavicle. Both parents and baby were rapid plasma reagin test. X-ray showed Wimberger's sign at the upper end of the tibia. A diagnosis of congenital syphilis was made. The baby became asymptomatic after giving injection benzylpenicillin for 10 days.

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