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To the Editor.—
A recent communication in the Archives on a presumably false positive fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test in pregnancy by Drs. Buchanan and Haserick (102:322, 1970) was indeed interesting and informative.Although we have had no similar experiences at the Bellevue Hospital Center, I should like to respectfully point out that the patient in question, as reported by Drs. Buchanan and Haserick, would have to be considered as a latent syphilitic, and, as such, it is our feeling that she should have been treated with a minimum of 4.8 million units of benzathine penicillin G and perhaps even preferably 6.0 million units of this same preparation.While it is certainly true that many authorities feel that 2.4 million units of benzathine penicillin G administered intramuscularly is adequate treatment for primary, secondary, latent, and even late syphilis, it is nonetheless the feeling of other authorities that this
Allyn B. ADEQUATE TREATMENT FOR SYPHILIS. Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(4):462. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000160112024