Cytomegalovirus, Genital Herpes, Rubella, Syphilis, and Toxoplasmosis


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© 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved. Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is among the most prevalent congenital infection and the most common infectious cause of childhood deafness. Herpes infection is a common cause of minor maternal symptoms and a rare cause of devastating neonatal infection. The majority of neonatal herpes cases are born to women who have sub-clinical genital viral shedding at delivery and who often have no history of disease, making transmission prevention difficult. The majority of pregnant women with syphilis are asymptomatic, and the diagnosis is frequently made by serological testing, which is recommended as a part of the routine prenatal care. There are multiple sonographic abnormalities that may be seen with congenital toxoplasmosis; however, these are only suggestive of fetal infection. Some of these abnormalities include the following: ventricular dilation; intracranial calcifications; increased placental thickness; hepatomegaly and/or intrahepatic calcifications; fetal ascites; pericardial or pleural effusions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hughes, BL

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Book Title

  • Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies: An Evidence-Based Approach: Sixth Edition

Start / End Page

  • 213 - 221

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781119000877

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/9781119001256.ch26

Citation Source

  • Scopus