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Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 1992 Sep-Oct;34(5):403-8.

Possible risk factors for vertical transmission of Chagas' disease.

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  • 1School of Medicine, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil.


The author emphasizes the importance of the congenital transmission of Chagas' disease and discusses the possible risk factors for transmission such as age, origin, obstetrical history and maternal form of disease. Exacerbation of infection during pregnancy is also considered as a possible risk factor for transmission. Besides, a relationship between the frequency of transmission and gestational age is presented. Concerning breast-feeding, the risk of transmission is directly related to the acute phase of maternal disease and bleeding nipples.

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