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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2017, Article ID 4389321, 3 pages
Case Report

Preservative Monitoring of a Greek Woman with Hydrops Fetalis due to Parvovirus B19 Infection

1Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece
21st Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Zacharias Fasoulakis; moc.liamg@soxazh

Received 16 February 2017; Revised 31 May 2017; Accepted 8 June 2017; Published 12 July 2017

Academic Editor: Edi Vaisbuch

Copyright © 2017 Zacharias Fasoulakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Primate erythroparvovirus 1 (parvovirus B19) is a member of the Erythrovirus genus of the Parvoviridae family and it is one of the few members of the family known to be pathogenic in human. B19 infection is common and widespread with the virus being associated with numerous rheumatologic and haematologic manifestations. More specifically, maternal infection with parvovirus B19 during pregnancy can cause severe anemia which may lead to nonimmune hydrops or fetal demise, as a result of fetal erythroid progenitor cells infection with shortened half-life of erythrocytes. We present a rare case reported in the Greek population, of subclinical transient reticulocytopenia due to B19 parvovirus infection, in an asymptomatic pregnant woman, without medical history of hemoglobinopathy, and with the presence of hydrops fetalis during the third trimester of her pregnancy.