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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Screening by VDRL test to detect hidden cases of syphilis

Department of Microbiology, Pt. BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana - 124 001, India

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D R Arora
Department of Microbiology, Pt. BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana - 124 001
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A total of 59,450 sera from January 1996 to December 2000 were subjected to VDRL testing. Overall VDRL positivity rate was 3.2% and downward trend was observed in the recent years, 1999 and 2000. Majority of the samples were from Gynaecology department, out of which 1.57% were VDRL positive. Out of 30,045 samples from antenatal females, 517(1.47%) were positive, while 304(1.8%) were positive out of 16,980 samples obtained from couples. Out of 304 samples from couples found positive, 17.4% wives had titre >R16; 27.9% wives had titre R1 to R8, out of which 15.3% husbands had titre of >R16. Also, 166 wives with nonreactive VDRL had 19.3% husbands with titre > R16. Thus, couple VDRL test plays an important role in detection of hidden cases of syphilis in the community and early detection and treatment of such cases will further reduce the perinatal morbidity and mortality.


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