Saturday, May 07, 2016

Laboratory diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis

 2016 May 4. pii: JCM.00487-16. [Epub ahead of print]


Recent studies have demonstrated that screening and treatment for toxoplasmosis during gestation results in a decrease of vertical transmission and clinical sequelae. Early treatment was associated with improved outcomes. Thus, laboratory methods should aim at the early identification of infants with congenital toxoplasmosis (CT). Diagnostic approaches should include, at least, detection of Toxoplasma IgG, IgM and IgA, and a comprehensive review of maternal history, including gestational age at which mother was infected and treatment. Here, we review laboratory methods for the diagnosis of CT, with emphasis on serological tools. A diagnostic algorithm that takes into account maternal history is presented.
Copyright © 2016 Pomares and Montoya.
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