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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. Krishna Kumar
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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?

None to severe: Congenital malaria can affect the baby's size at birth and can increase risk for miscarriage, still born, or preterm. Also if brn with malaria, can become anemic, lethargic, poor feeding. ...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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How are infections in moms transmitted to newborns besides coughing and touching?

How are infections in moms transmitted to newborns besides coughing and touching?

Let's hear from Peds: Thanks, dr. Garvey. I appreciate the OB perspective. I was also hoping to hear from pediatricians and neonatologists and to generate a discussion on this important topic. ...Read more

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Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

Yes, major problem: CMV infection in utero can be fatal or leave the infant with numerous deficiencies, some of which may be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Will a streptococcal infection harm my newborn child?

Will a streptococcal infection harm my newborn child?

Yes: As dr ferguson explained, the group b strep (gbs) infection is most often acquired during vaginal birth, leading to early onset disease within 6 days of birth. But if the gbs is acquired from nursery personnel, the symptoms of infection may lay dormant until the second week of life. ...Read more

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What does it mean when congenital adrenal hyperplasia found in newborn?

CAH: Most common is 21 hydroxylase deficiency. Females born with it usually have ambiguous genitalia because a block in adrenal hormone synthesis causes an androgen buildup. Can't tell by looking at a boy. State newborn screening should pick it up right away. Medical emergency to identify as medication is necessary to replace cortisol and aldosterone within a couple of days after birth else crisis. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections worse for a newborn?

Are bacterial infections worse for a newborn?

Depends: Bacterial infections are bad. When they get into the brain, blood etc. It can be very bad.The problem is that in newborns you don't always see the signs that something bad is going on like you would see in someone older, so you don't always know whether a newborn is very sick or a little sick, so we wind up treating sick newborns as if they have something life threatening until we know they don't. ...Read more

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Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Depends: If you have a normal newborn, i don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults.If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems.A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more

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I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

No: This is not passed through the genes.It is caused if a woman develops a CMV infection while pregnant, passing it to baby during the process. ...Read more

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Can a newborn have a congenital heart defect?

Can a newborn have a congenital heart defect?

Yes: Yes, it is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. Just under 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect, often minor and temporary. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Congenital viral infection?

An active viral: infection that is present at birth. Usually the virus is acquired from a maternal infection that crosses the placenta. Examples include but are not limited to Rubella, hepatitis, HVI, cytomegalovirus, varicella, enteroviruses and many others. Some affect the infant while others do not. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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