BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2012.5597
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Congenital syphilis: remember to not forget

  1. Piero Valetini
  1. Pediatrics Department, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roberta Onesimo, roberta_onesimo{at}


A 2-month-old girl (born in Italy from Rumanian parents) was admitted to our paediatric emergency department because of fever and painful mobilisation of the left arm. Copper-red maculopapular lesions on face and hands were noted; the mother presented a similar lesion on the thumb of the right hand (figure 1). Palms and soles showed erythema and desquamation with dry scaling. Severe hepatosplenomegaly was present. X-ray was performed and epiphysial detachment of the left humerus was detected (figure 2 …

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