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oa South African Medical Journal - The serologic test for syphilis : assessment of its diagnostic value in general practice

Volume 23, Issue 44
  • ISSN : 0256-9574

 

Abstract

The development of the laboratory diagnosis of syphilis is descriptionbed. Sero-negative syphilis is referred to, and the evaluation of the negative test is discussed, particular reference being intended to the negative test on serum drawn from suspect cases. The causes of false positive serologic tests for syphilis are noted, and their interpretation is discussed. Latent syphilis is defined, its frequency is shown and by indicating that its diagnosis is usually possible only by serologic testing, some advantages of routine testing are pointed out. Warning is given against the adoption of a mental attitude which will only countenance syphilis in the lower social groupings, or which will allow all symptoms to be interpreted as syphilitic in the presence of a positive serologic test due to syphilis.

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2016-12-10

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