CONRAD WESSELHOEFT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The subject of acute infectious diseases in pregnancy deals primarily with the effect of infections on the pregnant woman and her offspring. (1) The infection may pass off without injury and allow full term delivery of a normal child. (2) The infection may induce spontaneous abortion or premature labor on the part of the mother. Or (3) the infection may (a) cause the child to be born with a congenital form of the disease; (b) cause the death of the fetus in utero; or (c) bring about anomalies of fetal development resulting in minor or major congenital deformities.
WESSELHOEFT C. ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN PREGNANCY1. Ann Intern Med. ;42:555–561. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-3-555
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(3):555-561.
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