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Fetal Parvovirus B19 Infection and Meconium Peritonitis

Authors
  • Schild, R.L.
  • Plath, H.
  • Thomas, P.
  • Schulte-Wissermann, H.
  • Eis-Hübinger, A.M.
  • Hansmann, M.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1998
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
15–18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000020794
Source
Karger
Keywords
License
Green
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Abstract

A 33-year-old primigravida at 26 weeks gestation presented with fetal hydrops and fetal anemia following prior parvovirus B19 infection. The fetus required two intrauterine transfusions of packed red cells. At 35 weeks gestation, a cesarean section was performed for obstetric reasons. As a consequence of a prenatal bowel perforation, the neonate developed meconium peritonitis, for which she needed laparotomy. This case demonstrates that there may be an association between intrauterine parvovirus infection and meconium peritonitis, the latter possibly caused by vascular injury in fetal life.

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