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Listeriosis in pregnancy – case report

Magdalena Barlik, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz, Krzysztof Drews
DOI: 10.17772/gp/1729
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Ginekol Pol 2014;85(4).

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Listeriosis is a rather rare infectious disease but its incidence in pregnancy is over 20 times higher than in the general population. Pregnant women with listeriosis comprise one-third of all listeriosis cases. Listeriosis is a foodborne disease. Sporadic as well as epidemic cases of listeriosis are usually related to contaminated processed food, especially meat dishes served in fast-food restaurants and dairy products. Pregnant women are at an increased risk for listeriosis infection. Unfortunately, the symptoms are not specific and the diagnosis presents a considerable challenge. Although the literature offers some case reports on a complicated course of listeriosis during pregnancy, the infection usually runs a mild course in pregnant women. Regardless, fetal or neonatal infection is related to very high risk of lethal complications in the newborn, among others: sepsis, meningitis or pneumonia. In this paper we present a case of a 28-year-old gravida with listeriosis. We described the course of the infection, diagnostic process and treatment in both, the mother and the newborn.

Abstract

Listeriosis is a rather rare infectious disease but its incidence in pregnancy is over 20 times higher than in the general population. Pregnant women with listeriosis comprise one-third of all listeriosis cases. Listeriosis is a foodborne disease. Sporadic as well as epidemic cases of listeriosis are usually related to contaminated processed food, especially meat dishes served in fast-food restaurants and dairy products. Pregnant women are at an increased risk for listeriosis infection. Unfortunately, the symptoms are not specific and the diagnosis presents a considerable challenge. Although the literature offers some case reports on a complicated course of listeriosis during pregnancy, the infection usually runs a mild course in pregnant women. Regardless, fetal or neonatal infection is related to very high risk of lethal complications in the newborn, among others: sepsis, meningitis or pneumonia. In this paper we present a case of a 28-year-old gravida with listeriosis. We described the course of the infection, diagnostic process and treatment in both, the mother and the newborn.
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Keywords

pregnancy, infection, listerosis

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Title

Listeriosis in pregnancy – case report

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 85, No 4 (2014)

DOI

10.17772/gp/1729

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2014;85(4).

Keywords

pregnancy
infection
listerosis

Authors

Magdalena Barlik
Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz
Krzysztof Drews

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