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Intrauterine Infection

Intrauterine Infection

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An infection caused by a bacteria or virus thatAn infection caused by a bacteria or virus thatcan be passed from a mother to her baby duringcan be passed from a mother to her baby duringpregnancypregnancyor delivery is called a Intrauterinelor delivery is called a Intrauterinelinfection.infection.The mother may or may not experience activeThe mother may or may not experience activesymptoms of the infection during the pregnancy.symptoms of the infection during the pregnancy.TheTheembryoembryoandandfetusfetushave nohave noimmune functionimmune function or an immature immune function. They dependor an immature immune function. They dependon the immune function and freedom fromon the immune function and freedom frominfection in the mother.infection in the mother.Several infectious agents are capable of crossingSeveral infectious agents are capable of crossingthetheplacentaplacentaand causing (perinatal) infection inand causing (perinatal) infection inthe embryo or fetus.the embryo or fetus.
 
Vertically transmitted ( mother to child )Vertically transmitted ( mother to child )infections of the fetus and newborn caninfections of the fetus and newborn cangenerally be dividedgenerally be dividedInto two major categories :Into two major categories :
1.1.
Congenital infectionsCong
 
enital infections
: which are: which aretransmitted to the fetus in utero.transmitted to the fetus in utero.
2.2.
Perinatal infectionsPerinatal infections
: which are: which areacquired intrapartum or in theacquired intrapartum or in thepostpartum period.postpartum period.
The first trimester is usually the mostThe first trimester is usually the mostdangerous time to acquire thesedangerous time to acquire theseinfections.infections.
Infection in the mother does not alwaysInfection in the mother does not alwaysmean that the baby will be affected.mean that the baby will be affected.

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