Learn About Fetal Parvovirus Syndrome

What is the definition of Fetal Parvovirus Syndrome?
Fetal parvovirus syndrome is a rare disease that occurs when a pregnant woman is infected with parvovirus B19 (also known as fifth disease in children and adults) and passes it along to her baby. In rare instances, a baby infected with parvovirus B19 may develop severe anemia from the abnormal development of red blood cells.
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What are the symptoms of Fetal Parvovirus Syndrome?
Symptoms of fetal parvovirus syndrome may include miscarriage, stillbirth, infection, severe anemia (aplastic crisis), fluid build-up in the tissues and around heart (hydrops fetalis), and cardiac failure.
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What are the current treatments for Fetal Parvovirus Syndrome?
Treatment for fetal parvovirus syndrome may include intrauterine transfusions for fetuses less than 32 weeks old; however, this treatment is much debated.
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