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Korean J Pediatr 2011 December;54(12) :512-514.
Early congenital syphilis presenting with skin eruption alone: a case report
Hak Young Kim (Kim HY)1, Beom Joon Kim (Kim BJ)2, Ji Hyun Kim (Kim JH), Byoung Hoon Yoo (Yoo BH)1
Department of Pediatrics, Environmental Health Center for Atopic Diseases, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
1Departments of Pediatrics, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Departments of Dermatology, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Ji Hyun Kim ,Tel: +82-2-3410-1035, Fax: +82-2-3410-0805, Email:
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Congenital syphilis is one of the most well-known congenital infections, yet it remains a worldwide public health problem. Congenital syphilis can involve any organ system and present with various symptoms. However, early diagnosis of congenital syphilis is difficult because more than half of the affected infants are asymptomatic, and the signs in symptomatic infants may be subtle and nonspecific. Here, we report a case of congenital syphilis with only a skin rash, which led to a delay in diagnosis. This case indicates that congenital syphilis should be considered throughout early childhood.
Keywords: Congenital syphilis | Skin rash
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