The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of an enhanced treatment regimen for syphilis with the addition of doxycycline and ceftriaxone to the conventional benzathine penicillin G (BPG) treatment. Sixty-nine syphilis patients were recruited and were randomly assigned to two groups: group 1 (38 patients) received standard therapy and group 2 (31 patients) received the enhanced therapy. All patients were followed-up for at least 12 months. Patients underwent physical examination and serology every 6 months as well as echocardiography and neurological examination every year. A three- to four-fold decline in the initial Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) titre within 6 months after therapy was considered as serological cure. At 12 months, 68% of patients in group 1 and 100% in group 2 were serologically cured (P = 0.002). During follow-up, no patients in group 2 experienced complications related to syphilis. In contrast, one patient in group 1 developed neurosyphilis. In conclusion, the enhanced treatment is more effective than standard treatment and results in a higher and faster cure rate. Moreover, it provides treponemicidal antibiotic levels in the cerebrospinal fluid, thereby preventing possible late complications.
Drago F., Ciccarese G., Broccolo F., Sartoris G., Stura P., Esposito S., et al. (2016). A new enhanced antibiotic treatment for early and late syphilis. JOURNAL OF GLOBAL ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE, 5, 64-66.
|Citazione:||Drago F., Ciccarese G., Broccolo F., Sartoris G., Stura P., Esposito S., et al. (2016). A new enhanced antibiotic treatment for early and late syphilis. JOURNAL OF GLOBAL ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE, 5, 64-66.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||A new enhanced antibiotic treatment for early and late syphilis|
|Autori:||Drago F.; Ciccarese G.; Broccolo F.; Sartoris G.; Stura P.; Esposito S.; Rebora A.; Parodi A.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF GLOBAL ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jgar.2015.12.006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|