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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 is the difference between intrauterine infection, chorioamnionitis and fetal infection?

What is the difference between intrauterine infection, chorioamnionitis and fetal infection?

Constipation: Whether given alone or in conjunction with other juices, the desired effect will be similar. In addition to giving more fiber, there is also an increase in the amount of fluids. The more fiber and fluids is consumed, the better the outcome in treating constipation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for infection from a retained fetus?

What are the tests for infection from a retained fetus?

Cultures.: Blood and cervical cultures are useful to determine intraamniotic infection, however clinical criteria are sufficient to clinch the diagnosis and prompt expert medical care is required in those cases. ...Read more

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Fetal changes brought on by a toxoplasma infection?

Fetal changes brought on by a toxoplasma infection?

Calcifications.: One may see fetal intracranial hyperechogenic foci or calcifications and ventricular dilatation on prenatal ultrasound, and these are poor prognostic signs. Intrahepatic densities, increased thickness and hyperdensity of the placenta, ascites, and rarely pericardial and pleural effusions have also been observed. Fetal demise and poor fetal growth are not as likely. ...Read more

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Help! I am worried about listeria infection! And my fetus?

Help! I am worried about listeria infection! And my fetus?

See below: Here are dietary recommendations for people at high risk of listeriosis including pregnant women.
* avoid soft cheeses
* avoid foods from delicatessen counters, e.g., prepared salads, meats.
* avoid raw or unpasteurized milk
* avoid refrigerated pates and other meat spreads
* cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods until steaming hot before eating. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

See dentist asap: It is important to treat your dental abcess as soon as possible. Any infection can effect both your health and that of your baby.
Most dental procedures are safe to perform during pregnancy so don't wait. Call a dentist. ...Read more

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Are there any effects on fetus if you have had a yeast infection?

Are there any effects on fetus if you have had a yeast infection?

Yeast and fetus: When you are pregnant - the uterus is a "sealed" container - so the only way a fetus would be affected is by absorbing any medication through the maternal blood stream via the placenta. Topical antifungal creams are generally safe to use in pregnancy since very little adsorption of the medicine occurs. But before using any meds while pregnant check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a primary herpes infection on day 14 after conception harm the fetus?

Can a primary herpes infection on day 14 after conception harm the fetus?

Herpes simplex: Neonatal herpes simplex virus is a serious, life-threatening infection usually acquired during birth from contact with infected maternal genital secretions. Primary maternal hsv infection is a rare occurrence during pregnancy, and hsv type 1 (hsv-1) neonatal disease after primary maternal hsv gingivostomatitis during pregnancy has not been reported in detail. The major risk is in delivery. ...Read more

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Can a primary herpes infection on day 11 after conception harm the fetus?

Can a primary herpes infection on day 11 after conception harm the fetus?

All or nothing.: At that early embryonic stage of development, noxious insults result in pregnancy loss or no consequences. If you are already 32 weeks pregnant, my guess is that you are out of the woods. Talk to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for detailed ultrasound so as to assess fetal growth and anatomy and reassure yourself. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what infection from a retained fetus really is?

What's a simple way to say what infection from a retained fetus really is?

Uterine infection: The risk for infection does increase with an abnormal pregnancy. In the case of a retained fetus, the assumption is that the fetus is not alive and that there has been passage of at least some of the uterine contents - a partial miscarriage. In this case the likeihood is that eventually an infection would develope in the uterus - called chorionitis, amnionitis, or endomyometritis. ...Read more

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I didn't realize I had a bladder infection for some time, could this hurt my fetus?

I didn't realize I had a bladder infection for some time, could this hurt my fetus?

Not likely: If you didn't know you had a bladder infection then you didn't have a bladder infection. In other words you had bacteria in the urine without symptoms. This condition poses a potential risk in pregnancy if it develops into a severe (febrile) infection (which by definition is bacteria in the urine causing symptoms). Pregnant women should have bacteriuria treated with or without symptoms. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called an infection of the fetus with cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.).?

Describe the disorder called an infection of the fetus with cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.).?

CMV infection: Very rarely in pregnancy the fetus can get CMV infection. This infection rarely affect the baby. Worse case scenario could be some hearing problems and neuronal development. ...Read more

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Can my yeast infections harm my fetus?

Can my yeast infections harm my fetus?

No: Yeast infections are very common during pregnancy and there is no evidence that shows having a yeast infection during pregnancy will harm a fetus. However, recent research is looking into the possibity of yeast infections being associated with preterm birth. This possible association should be discussed with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Can my fetus be more susceptible to infection or disease if I am taking an immunosuppressive like cyclosporine?

Can my fetus be more susceptible to infection or disease if I am taking an immunosuppressive like cyclosporine?

No: Very minimal amounts of Cyclosporine actually cross the placenta. Your baby should not be at any increased risk of infection. There have been reports of an increased risk of preterm delivery and smaller babies. Some of that may be related to whatever condition the woman was on Cyclosporine for. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. I have igg+ for toxoplasma before pregnant. Can it protect my fetus? Can I infection repeat it again during pregnant?

Your baby is safe: The igg indicates you have been exposed to toxoplasmosis in the past and it confers or indicates "immunity" (or protection) to you and your baby from future toxoplasmosis infections. You can't get a 'new' toxoplasmosis infection again during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fetal CMV infection?

What are the tests for fetal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc: The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

Virus infection: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection of the unborn baby which can produce low birth weight, occasionally spontaneous abortion. It can also produce microcephaly (small brain size), jaundice and other severe changes in the newborn. This is a common virus which is often routinely screened for in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Is it true that a fetus can only get infected via placenta? Is it correct to say that a pregnant woman can't transmit any infection bfore implantation?

No: A fetus can become infected in different ways. Through the bloodstream through the placenta. Also any infection in or nearby the uterus can be directly transmitted through a fetus. Common example is appendicitis which infects all surrounding tissue including often the uterus and fetus. Now a parent with an infection such as hepatitis or HIV can directly infect the egg and sperm prior to implanting. ...Read more

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In 20w us fetus had echogenic bowel and kidney dilating slower than other. Ds chance s 1:100000.no CF or infection. Baby is normal? Preg time bcms scary.

In 20w us fetus had echogenic bowel and kidney dilating slower than other. Ds chance s 1:100000.no CF or infection. Baby is normal? Preg time bcms scary.

See Genetics.: There are a number of things that need consideration when echogenic bowel and kidney anomaly noted. Chromosome anomalies in addition to Down syndrome need to be considered. Seek a Clinical Geneticist or Genetic counselor in your area.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How does early rupture of membranes increase risk of transmitting all infections including HIV to the fetus?

How does early rupture of membranes increase risk of transmitting all infections including HIV to the fetus?

Protection gone: Uterine membrane is a protective barrior to featus, do not allow to get infection to baby and mother, prolonged disruption will cause infection besides lekage of aminiotic fluid. ...Read more

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My husband has inflenza, and we had sex, if ibecome pregnant is his infection dangerous to my fetus. .. I mean can it transmit throughout sperm? Thnx

My husband has inflenza, and we had sex, if ibecome pregnant is his infection dangerous to my fetus. .. I mean can it transmit throughout sperm? Thnx

Not thru sperm: Getting flu would not be great for you at any time but is most worrisome for you and baby during late pregnancy. Flu in a pregnant woman can lead to a severe influenza pneumonia that could be fatal to you both. Get a flu shot. ...Read more

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Can a UTI during pregnancy be harmful to the fetus even if it never develops to a kidney infection?

Can a UTI during pregnancy be harmful to the fetus even if it never develops to a kidney infection?

UTIs in pregnancy: UTIs are a problem in pregnancy mainly because they can lead to premature labor. An ordinary bladder infection which is treated properly presents no risk to a fetus. ...Read more

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Help! Is a dientamoeba infection during pregnancy harmful? Can it make my fetus sick or cause mental retardation? I had it first trimester.

Dietamoeba infection: Treatment may be with tetracycline or flagyl. Speak to your OB about drug toxicity. The worm should not affect the fetus or cause retardation. ...Read more

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