The consequences of the infection of the fetus can be very
different: between subclinical and very serious.
- Overt disease.
The symptoms vary widely, the classical triad of Congenital
- Subclinical infection: no symptoms
- late onset symptoms (most common in the eyes: Chorioretinitis)
- no symptoms at all
In general You can say:
The earlier in pregnancy the mother is infected, the lower
is the risk of an infection of the fetus, but the severer is the
The later in pregnancy the mother is infected, the higher
is the possibility of fetal infection, and the disease is less
severe (often subclinical infection)
Adults and children can get infected:
- asymptomatic (90%) or
- with symptoms like flu: fever, typically swollen lymphatic
- symptoms which need treatment are very rare
In case of immunodeficiency the symptoms can be serious!
Some pictures of symptoms of Congenital Toxoplasmosis:
- Intracranial calcification
Up to the classical triade
This page was established by: Alex Trojovsky
last changed: August 20th, 2000.