Parvovirus B19 Infection in Pregnancy

Cohen, Bernard J. and Kumar, Sailesh (2005) Parvovirus B19 Infection in Pregnancy. Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review, 16 2: 123-150. doi:10.1017/S0965539505001518

Author Cohen, Bernard J.
Kumar, Sailesh
Title Parvovirus B19 Infection in Pregnancy
Journal name Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-5395
Publication date 2005-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1017/S0965539505001518
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 150
Total pages 28
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract Parvoviruses are widespread in nature, with a diversity of virus types affecting many animal species, usually in a species-specific manner. Some members of the parvovirus family give rise to asymptomatic infections but others are highly pathogenic, causing disease not only in adults but also in the young, the newborn and in the fetus. Parvoviruses of animals have for long been regarded as agents of reproductive failure and parvovirus B19 was recognised as a cause of fetal loss in humans in the 1980s. Moreover, following the control of congenital rubella by pre-pubertal and child vaccination, parvovirus B19 infection has emerged as probably the leading cause of viral embryopathy. This review will focus on the laboratory diagnosis of parvovirus B19 infection following exposure in pregnancy. The indications for testing maternal and fetal samples and the interpretation of test results will be discussed and a section is included on clinical management of the infection in pregnancy. The obstetric outcome in pregnant women who seroconvert will be reviewed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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Created: Wed, 24 Jun 2015, 15:06:21 EST by Sailesh Kumar on behalf of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - Mater Hospital