Toxoplasmosis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for toxoplasmosis?

The majority of people who get toxoplasmosis will have no significant long-term effects.

An infected fetus or infant has a variable prognosis, depending on the severity of the effects of the disease. The earlier the fetus is infected, the worse the prognosis. A woman carrying a severely affected fetus may experience a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), and newborns may develop significant physical or mental problems.

Patients with compromised immune systems have a variable prognosis, depending on their response to treatment. Patients with HIV or long-term immune compromised states will need to continue treatment for life.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCES:

Davis, Charles. "Toxoplasmosis." eMedicineHealth.com. Oct. 6, 2009. <http://www.emedicinehealth.com/
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"Toxoplasmosis." Organization of Teratology Infomration Specialists. <http://www.otispregnancy.org/otis-fact-sheets-p135727>.

"Toxoplasmosis in Cats." Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Apr. 8, 2008. <http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/toxo.html>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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