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Pregnancy complicated by psittacosis acquired from sheep.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6803874     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two cases of chlamydial infection in pregnant women are described, the first serologically proved and the second suspected. In both cases the infection was probably contracted from sheep suffering with enzootic abortion. Both patients were farmers' wives who had helped their husbands and lambing and developed a non-specific febrile illness in late pregnancy. In the first case as there was no clinical improvement after 26 hours the patient was delivered by caesarean section of a live infant in good condition; the patient recovered fully. The second patient had presented a year earlier, the fetus had died in the uterus, and the patient himself died after spontaneous labour and forceps delivery 14 hours after admission. Both patients developed disseminated intravascular coagulation. As the casual agent in enzootic abortion in ewes has a predilection for the placenta, early delivery may be the management of choice in late pregnancy if infection with this organism if suspected.
R J Beer; W P Bradford; R J Hart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  284     ISSN:  0267-0623     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Publication Date:  1982 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-07-19     Completed Date:  1982-07-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302911     Medline TA:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1156-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis
Chlamydophila psittaci / immunology
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation / etiology
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious*
Psittacosis / transmission*,  veterinary
Sheep Diseases / transmission*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Bacterial

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