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Does Congenital Toxoplasmosis Cause Stillbirth
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With difficulty: Unfortunately it's not always evident. Examination of the stillborn sometimes shows us cord problems or obvious birth defects. The placenta is examined for problems, an autopsy can be ordered on the infant looking for birth defects. Chromosomes & blood tests looking for abnormalities (diabetes, lupus, infection, etc) are also done. However, many times the reason is unexplained or unclear. ...Read more
Chances: If you become infected during around the time of conception there is a less than 5% chance that your baby will also be infected. During the 3rd trimester there is a 65% chance your baby will also be infected. However, babies infected duirng later pregnancy are less likely to develop serious health problems. ...Read more
Yes.: The risk of vertical transmission increases with increasing gestational age at maternal infection. Conversely, the risks of intracranial lesions and serious neurodevelopmental sequelae decrease with increasing gestational age at maternal infection. Rarely, fetal infection leads to stillbirth or neonatal death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several.: Obstetric complications (abruption, multiple gestation, preterm birth - 29%), placental disease and fetal growth restriction (fgr - 24%), fetal genetic/structural abnormalities (14%), maternal/fetal infection (13%), umbilical cord abnormalities (10%), hypertensive disorders (9%), other maternal medical conditions (8%). One third/fourth of cases remain undiagnosed/idiopathic. @34 weeks fgr likely. ...Read more
Yes, and maybe: Cats are the obligate carriers of toxo and it is definitely possible to contract it from your cat (from the droppings actually.) You can get tested (toxoplasma titer) before becoming pregnant to see if you are already exposed and immune, when pregnant limit contact with the cat and get someone else to clean the cat's box. ...Read more
Cleaning up after a cat without actually touching faeces cause toxoplasmosis? Can that itself cause mental health issues?
Yes to #1 ; no to #2: Definitely use gloves and wash hands when cleaning up cat litter. Unfortunately, cats get around, so cows often eat cat feces. You can get toxoplasmosis from undercooked meat or unpasteurized milk. People with healthy immune systems usually have no symptoms. Common symptoms are swollen neck glands. Serious disease is usually inflammation of the eyes. Mental health issues are not usual with toxo. ...Read more
There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?
Unknown=unknown: The more advances we make in genetic analysis & general study of fetal development the more of these cases will move from unknown to known. I watched a monitor abnormality during labor turn out to be a baby gripping his cord hard during contractions, causing a dangerous reduction in heart rate.That kid turned out fine, but it points out that sometimes we can't find evidence after the fact ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A parasite: Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that lives in the cat digestive system. It is transmitted to humans through contact with cat feces in kitty litter, with soil that cats have defecated in or with a cat's anus (groomers or vets). It typically just causes a mild flu-like syndrome. Like any other infection, it can be serious in immune-compromised people, like those with aids or on chemotherapy. ...Read more
I had a stillbirth at full term...In your field how often does this happen and what are the chances of it repeating?
No cause was found.
About 1 in 1000: The risk for fetal demise is about 1 in 1000 at 39 to 40 weeks. The chance for a recurrence is about twice as high. ...Read more
Can you get toxoplasmosis from cleaning out cat litter trays and can it cause you to have mental health problems, as some reports are claiming?
Yes you can: Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted via cat feces, and from undercooked, exposed meat. The parasite can be carried as a cyst within the brain. It can induce the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase necessary to make the neurotransmitter dopamine. Elevations in Dopamine may be associated with psychotic symptoms -- but toxoplasmosis is not the source of all psychosis. http://tinyurl.com/cftsn7. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could cause a 3 weeks pregnant women to become profoundly immune suppressed that makes the toxoplasmosis to reactivate with igm2.5 & igg51.2 thx?
I'm pregnant & i've been told I have to really wash the fruit bfore i eat it cause of toxoplasmosis.What about mandarines?Wash them after i peel them?
Inside of fruit shou: Should be fine, u need to wash the outside of any fruit u eat well, more common to get toxo from a cat or an infected person. ...Read more
I had a stillbirth due to a placenta abruption. NO known cause.One healthy birth previously. Would I be likely to have another abrupt or healthy preg?
Abruption chances: First of all, I am sorry for your loss. The risk for a recurrent complicated placental abruption in your next pregnancy is about 33/1000. Special surveillance would need to be undertaken about 3 months prior to the gestational age of the baby you lost due to the first placental abruption. Best of luck to you. ...Read more
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