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What viruses cause congenital infections?

What viruses cause congenital infections?

Many: Many viruses can cause congenital infections. Some classic causes include: Herpes Simplex Virus; Cytomegalovirus; rubella; parvovirus; HIV; varicella; West Nile virus; measles.... Among others. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What viruses can cross the placenta and cause congenital infections?

What viruses can cross the placenta and cause congenital infections?

You name it: Any virus that has a blood stream phase can infect the fetus when the mother is infected. The German measles is one of the worst classical examples. Yet any form of hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, mono, cytomegalovirus, all can infect both.The effect on the fetus depends on the timing during the pregnancy and various characteristics of the germ. ...Read more

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How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

CMV: from being asymptomatic to death hearing loss vision loss mental disability seizures lack of coordination are some of the other permanent disabilities ...Read more

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What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

VSD, pyelectasis: Ventricular septal defects and renal pyelectases are some of the most common and innocuous birth defects in males. Another very common finding is non-closure of the procesus vaginalis that predisposes to later inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

It can be treated: Congenitally acquired malaria can cause loss of pregnancy, intrauterine growth retardation, prematurity, anemia, congenital parasitemia. It's rare in the usa; <10 cases are reported each year. The last case of congenital p. Malariae infection in the United States was reported in 1992. You should check with your primary care provider or infection disease doctor, it can be easily treated. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

See below: Streptococcus agalactiae, aka, group b strep., escherichia coli, and staphylococcus aureus are major culprits. They are responsible for neonatal sepsis (blood poisoning), meningitis, pneumonia, uti, and bone and joint infection. ...Read more

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Why do newborns get repeated infections?

Newborn infections: Newborns should not be getting repeated infections - this is not normal. If you are asking why infants get sick a lot, it's because you are not born with immunity to disease - your body develops these as you are exposed to various germs. Over a lifetime your body builds up an immune system. They are starting from scratch, and need to develop there immune system. They aren't born walking either! ...Read more

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What are some life-threatening neonatal infections?

What are some life-threatening neonatal infections?

Usually Bacterial: Group B Streptococcus has declined in frequency as a fatal infection since the OB's can treat a GBS positive mother before delivery. However there are other infections such as E Coli, Listeria, Klebseilla, and others that can be life threatening. Herpes (viral) can be devastating for an infant. Infection does not occur too often. ...Read more

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What're the health risk of a newborn with urine infection?

What're the health risk of a newborn with urine infection?

See below: Most of the time, there are no serious problems, other than the uti. However, the child may develop sepsis, where the bacteria causing the UTI is in the blood stream. Sepsis can be dangerous. We recently had a 5 week old in our practice pass away from sepsis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more