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Volume 6, Number 5—October 2000

Testing Umbilical Cords for Funisitis due to Treponema pallidum Infection, Bolivia

Jeannette Guarner*Comments to Author , Karen Southwick*, Patricia Greer*, Jeanine Bartlett*, Martha Fears*, Ana Santander†, Stanley Blanco†, Victoria Pope*, William Levine*, and Sherif Zaki*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †MotherCare, La Paz, Bolivia

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Table 2

Comparison of three studies of umbilical cord abnormalities of infants born to women with syphilis

Pathologic features Schwartz (6) Qureshi (5)* Guarner et al.
Number of cords 25 (%) 25 (%) 66 (%)
Normal histology 12 (48) 14 (56) 38 (58)
Funisitis 13 (52) 11 (44) 28 (42)
Inflammation only 4 (16) 8 (32) 20 (30)
Necrosis 9 (36) 3 (12) 8 (12)
Spirochetes identified 22 (88) --- 7 (11)


18 (72)

4 (16)

6 (9)

*Data extracted from text.

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