Invited Paper

Pregnancy and Toxoplasmosis


  • Elif M. Sarıcaoğlu
  • K. Osman Memikoğlu

Received Date: 09.08.2018 Accepted Date: 25.02.2018 J Ankara Univ Fac Med 2018;71(1):17-22

Toxoplasma gondii is one of the major zoonotic parasitic infections that usually causes asymptomatic infections in humans but can cause signifcant disease in congenitally infected infants. Special care is taken to determine whether the infection was acquired before or after conception. Although rare, congenital toxoplasmosis can cause severe neurological or ocular disease, as well as cardiac and cerebral anomalies. The risk of fetal transmission of T. gondii infection which is acquired during gestation is effected by gestational age and treatment. Education of pregnant women about prevention of toxoplasmosis is very important. The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the diagnosis, treatment and management of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy

Keywords: Pregnancy, Toxoplasmosis, Congenital infection