Symptomatic parvovirus B19 infection of one fetus in a twin pregnancy.

Institute of Microbiology, University of Bologna, Italy.
Clinical Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 9.37). 09/1993; 17(2):262-3. DOI: 10.1093/clinids/17.2.262
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ABSTRACT Twin pregnancies complicated by infection due to parvovirus B19 are uncommon. We report a case in which only one fetus developed a symptomatic infection, which presented at first as ascites and pleural effusion; later, meconium peritonitis developed. Hydrops spontaneously resolved, and at birth meconium peritonitis was successfully treated with surgery. However, even with the positive outcome of this pregnancy, a long-term follow-up is needed to exclude damage other than injury to the erythropoietic system.

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