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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318249db35
Case Report

A Syphilis-Positive Organ Donor—Management of the Cardiac Transplant Recipient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Marek, Aleks MBChB, BSc (Hons), DTMH; Inkster, Teresa MBChB, BSc(Hons), FRCP, DTMH, MPH, FRCPath

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Abstract

Syphilis as a public health problem has not been resolved. Because donor organs are scarce, Treponema pallidum seropositivity is no longer considered a contraindication to transplant. However, there is little guidance on the management and monitoring on the recipient of organs from patients with syphilis. We present a case of a patient successfully transplanted with a heart from a seropositive donor and a review of the literature.

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