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Serologic Testing for Syphilis



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Interpretation and Follow-up

Slide 18

April 2011

Finally, you see a patient with a known history of syphilis who tests positive by the treponemal screening test but is negative by RPR. If the patient was treated for syphilis in the past, then these are the expected results and would indicate past, successfully treated disease. In this situation, no further testing or follow-up would be required.

So as you can see from these different scenarios, interpretation of syphilis serology results is complex and relies on careful consideration of the laboratory and clinical findings.

Interpretation and Follow-up

 


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