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Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Fall;1(4):179-85.

Listeriosis in pregnancy: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Services, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA.

Abstract

Listeriosis is a rare disease that causes mild maternal illness, but can be devastating to the fetus. Listeria's rare microbiologic features make it a difficult infection to diagnose and treat: it is an intracellular organism that hides within host cells. Because of the potentially severe consequences, it is important that obstetricians are familiar with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of listerial infection.

KEYWORDS:

Fetal listerial infection; Intracellular transmission; Listeriosis; Neonatal listerial infection

PMID:
19173022
PMCID:
PMC2621056
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