Maria Gabriella Schimmenti

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UNLABELLED The clinical management of perinatal toxoplasmosis involves a gynaecologist during pregnancy and a neonatologist after delivery. Then, in the absence of a uniform approach, early evaluation of infected infants requires a thorough long-term follow-up also in asymptomatic children, who have to be observed for at least one year due to unpredictable(More)
AIM In order to assess the consequences of different clinical approaches in the prenatal management of congenital toxoplasmosis, we retrospectively reviewed 58 pregnant women with Toxoplasma seroconversion and prospectively enrolled their 59 infants, referred to us from 1999 to 2004. METHODS Data on clinical, laboratory and demographic characteristics of(More)
BACKGROUND Aim of our study is to analyze the immunological status in pregnancy for two main TORCH agents, Toxoplasma and Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the results of group B streptococcus (GBS) screening, assessing the risk for congenital infection in a population from Palermo, Italy. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of all inborn(More)
AIM Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy poses a serious risk to the fetus, therefore timely and accurate diagnosis is essential. The aim of this study was to estimate the frequency of congenital infection via evaluating mother's immunological status and the possibility to improving the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. METHODS Eighty five(More)
To evaluate the usefulness of conventional serological methods with western blot assay (WB) in congenital toxoplasmosis diagnosis, we prospectively enrolled in a clinical and serological follow-up all pregnant women with Toxoplasma gondii infection and their offspring, referred to us from October 2004. Western blot and standard serological test were(More)
Various critical issues still surround the management of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women and neonates. Although the study of specific antibodies remains an essential parameter for diagnosing materno-fetal infection and establishing time of infection, the method needs to be carefully and critically reviewed due to the distinctive immunological sensitivity of(More)
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