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April 1971

ADEQUATE TREATMENT FOR SYPHILIS

Author Affiliations

Venereal Disease Clinic Bellevue Hospital Center NYU School of Medicine New York

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(4):462. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000160112024

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Abstract

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

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