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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Overview)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver.


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What effect does toxoplasmosis have on a developing baby?

What effect does toxoplasmosis have on a developing baby?

Toxoplasmosis: Are yoiu talking about a fetus or a child who has already been born. Effect on the fetus depends on the stage of development and trimester during which the infection is acquired. Speak to your pediatrician or a maternal-fetal health specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Shah
248 Doctors shared insights

Toxoplasmosis (Overview)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver.


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How does toxoplasmosis affect people with a normal immune system?

How does toxoplasmosis affect people with a normal immune system?

illness or none: Most healthy people have no symptoms when infected since the immune system controls the infection, and it is silent or what we cal "latent" some may have fever, swollen glands, or rarely a serious eye infection. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in baby?

What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in baby?

Often asymptomatic: 70-90% of infants infected in utero are asymptomatic in newborn period but develop visual impairment, learning disability, and mental retardation become apparent several months to years later. Symptomatic infants present with rash, enlarged liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and microcephaly or hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent, should child (now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent, should child (now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If you're worried: Did he have serial toxoplasmosis-specific igg's and igm's done the first year of life? Igg titers drawn now won't define when he became positive; negative titers would be nice. Exams by a pediatric ophthalmologist, an audiologist, and a neurologist with brain mri, neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental exams would be requested by your son's primary pediatrician if titers are +. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with toxoplasmosis. It first started with the lymph nodes on my neck being swollen and now I have a full body rash what should I do?

I am diagnosed with toxoplasmosis. It first started with the lymph nodes on my neck being swollen and now I have a full body rash what should I do?

Please see your MD: This needs to evaluated and managed by a physician. This is not the a suitable forum for providing for providing you with the medical advice you need. ...Read more

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If I have a cat in the house, should I take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

If I have a cat in the house, should I take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

Recommendations: Give the cat box cleaning job to someone else if you become pregnant. Avoid contact with the feces. Testing is not likely to be of value. ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital toxoplasmosis in fetus?

Amniotic fluid: For in utero testing, they can check amniotic fluid polymerase chain reaction (pcr) for toxoplasmosis gondii or serum antibody screening. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know that I have toxoplasmosis and I can't have a child?

See your doctor: You can have a blood test that determines if you have ever had exposure to toxoplasmosis. If you have antibodies, it means you had exposure at some point, and your fetus will be fine. The danger is if you have an acute case of toxoplasmosis while pregnant. If you have active disease, treatment is easy, antibiotics. So go get the test. ...Read more

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What causes toxoplasmosis infection?

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

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Can you tell me if u treat toxoplasmosis, will the behavioral changes and reaction time changes stop?

Yes, if you are not: Immune compromised. Toxoplasma gondii (t. Gondii) is a single-celled parasitic organism that can infect most animals and birds. But because it reproduces sexually only in cats, wild and domestic felines are the ultimate host.
www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis

www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/toxoplasmosis/ds00510
toxoplasmosis — comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment. ...Read more

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How is toxoplasmosis treated in pregnant women?

Antiparasitic Meds: Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite, and as such, is treated during pregnancy with anti-parasitic medication. Pyrimethamine is one option; if one is treated with Pyrimethamine during pregnancy, it is important to also supplement with folinic acid, since Pyrimethamine is a folate (folic acid) antagonist. Your doctor can work with you to determine the specific anti-parasitic to use. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

Spiramycin: Mothers can be treated with spiramycin during pregnancy. Neonates will be treated with pyrimethamine, sulfadiazine, and leucovorin for one year. ...Read more

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My wife has toxoplasmosis and she is 6 weeks pregnant, can it be cure? And does that means the fetus has the toxo also?

My wife has toxoplasmosis and she is 6 weeks pregnant, can it be cure? And does that means the fetus has the toxo also?

Congenital toxo: Congenital toxoplasmosis is an infection by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii which spreads to a developing baby through the placenta. Symptoms in the baby can include eye damage, hearing loss, seizures and developmental delays (more severe if infection occurs early in pregnancy). Newborns with it will often have enlarged liver/spleen, and have a rash. Mothers can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you prevent toxoplasmosis?

Prevention: Use gloves and careful hand hygiene when cleaning cat boxes. Avoid eating undercooked meats. Certain medications can be used to prevent the infection in patients who have significant immunodeficiency, such as hiv-aids. ...Read more

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Which is the drug of choice for toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?

Which is the drug of choice for toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?

Spiramycin.: Spiramycin, pyrimethamine/sulfadiazine, Azithromycin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole are in decreasing order of preference the agents to use for toxoplasmosis treatment during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can happen if a 3 weeks pregnant woman gets toxoplasmosis?

Low chance of infxn: The chance of infection of the fetus is low (5%), but if it occurs it can cause miscarriage or birth defects. ...Read more

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I have genetic toxoplasmosis is there a chance I could pass this on if I get pregnant?

Dr. Liza Kunz Dr. Kunz
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Clarification: I'm not exactly sure what you mean by genetic toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a infectious, not a genetic condition. If you are already immune to toxo it should not be a problem. Toxo is problematic when mom's acquire it for the first time in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is my risk of getting toxoplasmosis higher from my indoor cat or my outdoor gardening?

Exclusively indoors?: Outdoor gardening is riskier if your cat is truly an indoor type that has never caught a rodent or other wild animal for you in the house. ...Read more