Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology / 1995 / Article

Obstetrics Case Report | Open Access

Volume 3 |Article ID 532479 |

William J. Watson, Sami Awadallah, Mary Jo Jaqua, "Intrauterine Infection With Coxsackievirus: Is it a Cause of Congenital Cardiac Malformations?", Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 3, Article ID 532479, 3 pages, 1995.

Intrauterine Infection With Coxsackievirus: Is it a Cause of Congenital Cardiac Malformations?

Received10 Apr 1995
Accepted05 Jul 1995


Background: Although maternal infections with coxsackievirus during pregnancy are relatively common, fetal infections are quite rare. Coxsackievirus infection in utero has been associated with myocarditis, but has not been proven a teratogen.Case: A patient whose fetus had structural cardiac anomalies and hydrops was found to have an intrauterine infection with Coxsackie B-1 virus, proven by virus isolation from the amniotic fluid. This infection led to increasing intrauterine hydrops and subsequent neonatal death. Conclusion: This interesting association of intrauterine infection with Coxsackie B virus and structural cardiac anomalies in the fetus warrants further investigation.

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