In utero infections, also known as congenital infections, can result from a vast number of aetiological organisms and account for 2% to 3% of all congenital anomalies 4.
- TORCH group:
- in utero syphilis infection
- in utero parvovirus B19 infection
- in utero varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection
- AIDS embryopathy / in utero HIV infection
There is some evidence to suggest an association of in utero infection with adult onset schizophrenia 1.
Intracranial sequel are most commonly observed. Other general features include:
More detailed epidemiology, radiographic features and pathology are best discussed under individual topics.
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