Toxoplamosis transmitted to a newborn from the mother infected 20 Years earlier

Claudio Silveira, Rosane Ferreira, Cristina Muccioli, Robert Nussenblatt, Rubens Belfort

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PURPOSE: To present a case of congenital toxoplasmosis in a newborn whose mother had a 20-year history of a chorioretinal macular scar and positive serology for toxoplasmosis. DESIGN/METHODS: Case report. SETTING/RESULTS: A 38-year-old woman who had been treated for ocular toxoplasmosis 20 years earlier delivered a newborn who presented with a focal necrotizing retinochoroiditis characteristic of toxoplasmosis, as well as positive immunoglobulin (Ig) G and M serology for toxoplasmosis. The workup was negative for other entities. CONCLUSION: This case suggests that women with old retinal scars due to toxoplasmosis and long-standing IgG antibodies to toxoplasmosis are also at risk of transmitting this disease to the fetus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-371
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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