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Why is toxoplasmosis so harmful in pregnancy?

Why is toxoplasmosis so harmful in pregnancy?

Toxo & pregnancy: Any infection during pregnancy is concerning because there are two individuals to be concerned about. Although your immune system is functional, the baby's is not so the infection can be more severe in them and also affect the developing tissues and organs. So follow with your physician closely. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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How will toxoplasmosis affect my pregnancy?

How will toxoplasmosis affect my pregnancy?

Depends: If you get a new infection during the 1st trimester, your baby could have some birth defects. If you have an old infection, your baby will probably be ok. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis cause complications in my pregnancy?

Can toxoplasmosis cause complications in my pregnancy?

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 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 are the tests for toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

What are the tests for toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

Toxoplasma testing: There arev 2 immunologic tests-igg serum level and igm. The first indicated a possible present or past contact. The latter confirms or rules out a present contact. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

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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What are the symptoms common to toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

Toxoplasmosis : The vast majority of adults with primary toxoplasma infection have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients often complain of fevers, chills, and sweats in association with prominent enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck. Blood testing is needed for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will an ocular toxoplasmosis lesion reactivate during pregnancy?

Will  an ocular toxoplasmosis lesion reactivate during pregnancy?

Possible, but unlike: Toxoplasma infection can reactivate in immunocompromised pregnant women who were infected with toxoplasma before their pregnancy, and this can lead to congenital infection. The key word in immunocomprimised. If your immune sustem is healthy and normal, re-activation (while possible) is unlikely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

Toxoplasmosis: The baby's risk of becoming infected rises as the pregnancy progresses. With infection with toxoplasmosis in the 1st trimester, the risk that your baby will also be infected is about 15 percent. If infection is in the 2nd trimester, the baby's risk is about 30 percent, and it's 60 percent in the 3rd trimester. Toxoplasmosis infection is more likely to be severe for your baby in 1st trimester. ...Read more

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What are the chances of abortion if a pregnant woman gets toxoplasmosis during the very first month of pregnancy?

Varies: The risk is about 15% that the fetus will be infected if exposed in the first trimester. The earlier that the fetus is exposed, the more severe the results can be. The physician would be the best guide as to testing and treatment for an exposure. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called toxoplasmosis in pregnancy.?

Explain the condition called toxoplasmosis in pregnancy.?

Infection: Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. It can affect the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver. You can get it from handling cat litter. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis enter my body if I have a cut in finger and I touched raw unwashed vegetables from the same hand? Can it pose risk in pregnancy?

Can toxoplasmosis enter my body if I have a cut in finger and I touched raw unwashed vegetables from the same hand? Can it pose risk in pregnancy?

Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis's primary hosts are cats. Humans become infected by eating infected meat (primarily pork), ingesting soil/water that has been contaminated by animal fecal matter. It is most commonly spread in the feces of household cats. Transmission to the fetus during pregnancy is very hazardous to the fetus which is why pregnant women are discouraged from cleaning litter boxes while preg. ...Read more

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My IgM titres> 1:800suggestive of toxoplasmosis, igg-ve, now m 5 weeks pregnant, i get this test approx.3wks back, is it safe to continue pregnancy?

My IgM titres> 1:800suggestive of toxoplasmosis, igg-ve, now m 5 weeks pregnant, i get this test approx.3wks back, is it safe to continue pregnancy?

Congenital toxo: This pattern of antibodies is suggestive of acute infection, but the duration is unknown. You may not have any symptoms from the infection. Most infected infants do not have symptoms at birth but can develop serious symptoms later in life, such as blindness or mental disability. Occasionally infected newborns have serious eye or brain damage at birth. Decisions are always the mother's. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

Dead fly: Had the milk been sitting out long enough to be spoiled? Likely you will be alright from drinking milk that the fly was in if it was not spoiled. ...Read more

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Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Possibly: You may have a form of anxiety. I suggest you contact a mental health professional to determine if this is something that needs to be addressed. There is literature that indicates the mood state of the mother impacts the fetus. ...Read more

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Cat does not have toxoplasmosis - can the powder from the litter i smell when i kiss him be harmful to baby (pregnant)?

No.: Toxoplasmosis transmits when oocysts excreted in cat droppings sit in kitty litter or soil for several days so they can mature to an infectious stage. The transmission is not aerosol but rather litter-to-hand-to-mouth. The same type of transmission occurs from contaminated soil. ...Read more

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How common is toxoplasmosis?

Fairly: According to the CDC, about 60 million people in the US have this parasite in their body. Risk of getting sick increases in pregnancy or if immunity is low. People are exposed by eating undercooked vegetables or meat or from cat litter. ...Read more

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How can I get toxoplasmosis?

From a litter box: The parasite, toxoplasma is excreted in the stool of healthy appearing house cats. It can be acquired from a task as simple as changing a litter box without washing ones hands. ...Read more

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

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, ...Read more