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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Death or disability

The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.
During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this.

In brief: Death or disability

The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.
During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics

In brief: Neonatal herpes

This disorder, thankfully rare, usually presents at day 7 of life with seizures and severe neurologic problems.
Make sure you discuss this with your obstetrician so you may consider prophylactic medication or a c section.

In brief: Neonatal herpes

This disorder, thankfully rare, usually presents at day 7 of life with seizures and severe neurologic problems.
Make sure you discuss this with your obstetrician so you may consider prophylactic medication or a c section.
Dr. Thomas Riney
Dr. Thomas Riney
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