Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by a protozoan, Toxoplasma gondii.
Infections of humans are common, and are usually asymptomatic.
In two cases infection may be serious:
Measures of prophylaxis, early detection of the infection and
treatment can avoid Congenital Toxoplasmosis and many long
On this page You find a short introduction on Congenital Toxoplasmosis. Links lead to further information, You can return to this main-page or follow to other topics.
The consequences of the infection of the fetus can be very
different: between subclinic and very serious.
The classical triad of Congenital Toxoplasmosis is
But even the subclinical infection can lead to late-onset problems, most common in the eyes.
For diagnosis You are interested in the following questions:
Any maternal infection should be treated with antibiotic drugs
until delivery, a fetal infection too.
The newborn (after diagnosis of a fetal infection or diagnosed at/after birth) should be treated too.
Oral intake of raw or not well cooked meat or of
contamination with cats feces could lead to human infection.
Congenital Toxoplasmosis results from transplacental infection during pregnancy.
The aim of all medical intervention is the prevention of Congenital Toxoplasmosis.
Austria has a long tradition in serological screening programs during pregnancy. It was the first country to establish a nation-wide screening-program in the year 1975.
For avoiding Congenital Toxoplasmosis:
This page is based upon my experiences at the neonatological ward of the clinic for obstetrics at the university hospital of Graz / Austria. My scientific interests are diagnostic and treatment efficacy and epidemiological aspects of Toxoplasmosis. In research and clinical practice we are working together with the Neonatological Dept. of the University of Vienna, and the Head of their laboratory for Toxoplasmosis, Michael Hayde, MD
More information about neonatology You can find at Neonatology on the Web.
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This page was established by:
Alex Trojovsky, MD
member of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz/Austria
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file last changed: August 20th, 2000.