The RPR is the appropriate first line test for newborns and infants <6 mo of age who are born to mothers who have reactive nontreponemal and treponemal test results.
For patients ≥6 mos, order Treponema pallidum, 8325/LAB8325 (blood) or VDRL, CSF 723/LAB723 should be ordered.
Microtainer - amber serum separator (SST)
Place the microtainer into a Snap cap conical vial/tube and cap for transport
Microtainer - red
Cord blood is not acceptable due to maternal contamination.
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