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SOBRERO, Helena et al. Gestational and congenital syphilis at a children Hospital Center Pereira Rossell, 2020-2021. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2023, vol.94, n.2, e212.  Epub Dec 01, 2023. ISSN 0004-0584.


syphilis is a preventable and treatable sexually transmitted disease that is a major public health problem. Transmission to the fetus, congenital syphilis, is serious and it is also the cause of abortions and deaths. Early and timely maternal diagno sis is a fundamental prevention tool.


to determine the prevalence of gestational syphilis and the incidence of congenital syphilis in the Pereira Rossell Hospital Center in the period March 2020-March 2021, the year in which the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

Material and Methods: an observational, descriptive study was carried out in which pregnant women diagnosed with gestational syphilis and neonates with congenital syphilis were included.


a prevalence of gestational syphilis of 27.5/1000 pregnant women and an incidence of congenital syphilis of 1.37/1000 live births were recorded of the 161 newborns, 78 (48.4%) of the neonates were considered to be at high risk of connatal syphilis, for which they received treatment and their hospital stay was prolonged. A high percentage of poorly controlled pregnancies and a low level of treatment for sexual partners were observed.


the prevalence of gestational syphilis maintained an upward trend at the Pereira Rossell Hospital Center during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to a significant decrease in pregnancy control, poor treatment of sexual partners and a high percentage of patients at high risk of unconfirmed connatal syphilis. After the first year of the COVID-19 Pandemic this rising trend still remains.

Keywords : Congenital Syphilis.

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