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Virus infections during pregnancy

Maternal virus infections are pregnancy complications which are comparatively rare but often a serious threat to the fetus because of dangerous virus transplacental transmission long before the onset of maternal symptoms. On the other hand limited means of treatment or passive immunization reduce the efficiency of medical interventions. The fear of a handicapped newborn in case of an acute maternal virus infection during pregnancy may lead to panic reactions of the parents and can be a considerable psychological challenge for the obstetrician.

Clinical knowledge and scientific data in this field are not complete and submitted to frequent changes which might also arise forensic risks for the consulted medical doctor. Therefore, in cases of acute virus infections close cooperation with specialized centres and laboratories - also in the interpretation of serologic results.

CME Prakt Fortbild Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2010; 6(2): 130-138

Virus infections,pregnancy, fetal pathology

Peter Brockerhoff
Klinik für Geburtshilfe und Frauenkrankheiten,
Universitätsmedizin Mainz, Mainz

Reviewer:Martin Enders, Stuttgart
und Bettina Hollwitz,Hamburg

Brockerhoff P. Virale ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2010;6(2):130-138 publiziert 31.07.10 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2010 ISSN 1614-8533