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what are the real symptoms of congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Please see below.: Congenital toxoplasmosis symptoms can range from none to severe, and can be seen anywhere from the first month to later in life. Infected babies can have anemia, low platelets (which can cause easy bleeding or bruising), jaundice, small heads, brain calcifications, seizures, mental retardation, vision loss, or other neurologic problems.
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Multiple or none: The symptoms can vary widely from nothing, to preterm labor, poor growth of the fetus, finding of damage to the eyes (retinal inflammation), skin, ears (hearing) and sometimes it is mild enough that the eye damage doesn't show until later in life. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired from eating or handling raw or undercooked meat and contaminating your food, or from cat feces.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Unpredictable fetal movement?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
10 kicks/hour: 10 kicks/hour is a universal count, but its dependent on what is your normal and more importantly how far along you are. If you are 25 weeks, you may not have predictable fetal movement the way you may when you are 35 weeks. Check with your doctor.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned if I am not feeling fetal movements at 28 weeks?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: You should talk to your doctor. Some women perceive movements less than others. This may be due to the position of the placenta. A more concerning scenario would be if the baby moved a certain amount all the time and suddenly stopped moving. You should talk to your doctor immediately if something like that happened.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is fetal distress?

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Dr. Cassandra Ndiforchu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 49 years experience
Low fetal health: A decrease in fetal well-being can happen for several reasons. Fetal distress can occur during the pregnancy or during labor. The warning signs are a decrease in the usual daily level of movement, greenish material present in a sample of the amniotic fluid, a decrease in the heart beats on routine check or during a labor contraction.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Absent normal heart rate variation during labor could also be a sign, as well as persistent fetal tachycardia.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

And is one born with scoliosis or does it develop?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes or no: There are several different types of scoliosis. There is a scoliosis that results from congenitlal (born with) deformities within the spine that are the cause of that one type of scoliosis. It is called congenital scoliosis. There are other types that develop and there is some genetic basis for idiopathic scoliosis or what we see in adolescents most commonly.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How will pericardial effusion affect the fetus?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Hydrops.: Fetal pericardial effusions can lead to tamponade and worsening heart failure with hydrops and fetal loss. Depending on their cause they may be amenable to fetal interventions and/or early delivery at a tertiary care center.

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