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We present an updated review on toxoplasmosis during the pregnancy and its more feared outcome, the damage to the fetus and the newborn. The scope of this review is to summarize current and important epidemiological and clinical aspects concerning this disease. Several new parasitological and epidemiological concepts are reviewed, as well as the clinical presentation of the perinatal infection. In addition, we discussed current diagnostic approaches and treatment of the pregnant woman, fetus and newborn. Recent controversies on the different strategies for primary and secondary prevention of toxoplasmosis during the pregnancy are also discussed.

Fernando Rosso, Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili

Postdoctoral Fellow, División de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad de Stanford, EE.UU. Especialista Institucional, Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia. Docente Adscrito, Programa de Medicina Interna, Universidad CES, Medellín, Colombia.

Alejandro Agudelo, Universidad del Valle

Profesor Adjunto, Departamento de Ginecología y Obstetricia, Escuela de Medicina, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Ángela Isaza, Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili

Médica Hospitalaria, Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia.

José Gilberto Montoya, Universidad de Stanford

Profesor Asociado, Departamento de Medicina Interna y División de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad de Stanford. Instituto de Investigación y Laboratorio Nacional de Referencia para el Estudio y Diagnóstico de la Toxoplasmosis. Fundación Médica de Palo Alto, California, EE.UU.
Rosso, F., Agudelo, A., Isaza, Ángela, & Montoya, J. G. (2007). Congenital toxoplasmosis: Clinical and epidemiological aspects of the infection during pregnancy. Colombia Médica, 38(3), 316–337.


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