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Neurologic Infections in Pregnancy 

Neurologic Infections in Pregnancy
Neurologic Infections in Pregnancy

Courtney Olson-Chen

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date: 23 June 2021

Despite advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, infectious diseases continue to be a major cause of maternal, fetal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Immunologic changes in pregnancy can increase both susceptibility to certain infections and the severity of infection. Infectious diseases in pregnancy contribute to the development of congenital fetal syndromes in addition to adverse outcomes including preterm birth, stillbirth, and intrauterine growth restriction. While infections of the maternal central nervous system, or CNS, are rare during pregnancy, the potential impact can be critical.1 This chapter will cover both the types of infections within the CNS and the potential organisms that cause these infections. The chapter will also provide general management recommendations for pregnancy in order to both prevent and maintain awareness about CNS infections.

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