Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica

Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica

Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (1): 95-97.doi: 10.3881/j.issn.1000-503X.2012.01.018

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Advances in Syphilis Detection

LI Jun, ZHENG He-yi   

  1. Department of Dermatology, PUMC Hospital, CAMS and PUMC, Beijing 100730, China
  • Received:2010-05-24 Revised:2012-03-02 Online:2012-03-01 Published:2012-03-01

Abstract: Syphilis, a chronic bacterial infection caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum, remains a public health concern worldwide. Syphilis control is largely dependent upon early identification and prompt treatment. The diagnosis of syphilis is mainly based on laboratory tests, especially serology and dark-field microscopy. In recent years, recombinant Treponema pallidum antigen-based rapid tests, polymerase chain reaction, and immunoglobulin M antibody detection have also shown certain sensitivities and specificities for syphilitic patients at different stages.

Key words: syphilis, tests, polymerase chain reaction, immunoglobulin M antibody, rapid tests for syphilis

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