Congenital syphilis

Congenital syphilis is caused by Treponema pallidum in contact with the fetus of a sick mother affected with syphilis through the placenta.

A healthy placenta is a filter to pale treponem.

  • For the penetration of spirochetes in the fetus requires the prior defeat of syphilis placenta to a subsequent breach of the placental barrier. Infection of the fetus through the placenta can occur either when the pale treponema are entered in the child’s body as the emboli through the umbilical vein or when the pale treponema penetrate into the lymphatic system of the fetus through the umbilical cord lymph gap.
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