Neuroinfectious diseases in pregnancy

Kelly Jo Baldwin, Karen L. Roos

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Pregnancy is associated with impaired T-cell-mediated immunity putting the woman at risk for infectious diseases not typically seen in immunocompetent individuals. When maternal infection is severe, and when a primary herpesvirus infection is acquired during pregnancy, there is a risk of fetal loss, maternal death, neonatal death, or congenital abnormalities from intrauterine infection. In this review, the authors emphasize specific neurologic infectious diseases that occur in pregnancy, the safety of the antimicrobial therapy of these diseases during pregnancy, as well as the congenital and neonatal sequelae of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-412
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 30 2011


  • cytomegalovirus
  • H1N1
  • Listeria monocytogenes, herpes simplex virus
  • toxoplasmosis
  • varicella zoster virus
  • West Nile virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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