Flashcards in INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY Deck (6)
What is the virus responsible for fetal varicella syndrome?
Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
What are the features of fetal varicella syndrome?
Eye defects (microphthalmia)
At what point in the pregnancy is the fetus at risk of developing fetal varicella syndrome?
1% risk before 20 weeks
Very rare after this
Does not occur after 28 weeks
Apart from fetal varicella syndrome, what are the other risks (to the fetus) of the mother contracting chickenpox whilst pregnant?
Severe neonatal chickenpox
Shingles in infancy
What is the risk of chickenpox to the pregnant mother?
There is a 5 fold increase in the risk of pneumonitis if pregnant with chickenpox vs non-pregnant women