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June 1939

Les dystrophies dentaires de la syphilis héréditaire.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(6):1477. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990060257028

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Abstract

The author gives a detailed discussion of the dental dystrophies which occur most frequently as a result of congenital syphilis. He points out that these changes may occur as a result of other processes but that their presence indicates that syphilis should be ruled out before another cause is considered.

In general, he thinks it advisable, first, that antisyphilitic treatment should be given during the entire pregnancy of any woman presenting dental changes attributable to congenital syphilis or of any woman whose husband shows any such condition of the teeth, and second, that antisyphilitic treatment should be given during the entire pregnancy of any woman who has already given birth to children with dystrophic teeth. It is emphasized that a negative Wassermann reaction does not rule out syphilitic infection.

The book contains 73 illustrations showing normal dental development and the abnormal development found in cases of congenital syphilis.

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