- Cigna Medicare
- Individual & Family Plans
- International Plans
- Offered Cigna Through Work?
- Find a Doctor
- Informed on Reform
- Health and Wellness »
- Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy
Pregnancy: Complications From Fifth Disease
For women who have not previously had fifth disease, contracting the illness during pregnancy can increase the risk for certain complications. If a pregnant woman has been exposed to the illness, she should contact her doctor right away.
A very small number of pregnant women who get fifth disease will have a miscarriage.
In extremely rare cases, the infection can cause a condition called fetal hydrops, in which the fetus develops life-threatening anemia and severe swelling throughout the body. The mother and fetus should be closely watched with fetal ultrasounds to detect this condition.
When fetal hydrops is detected, the fetus may be treated with blood transfusions while in the uterus, although this is not usually needed. Some babies born to mothers who were infected with fifth disease during pregnancy may also be treated with blood transfusions.
Fetal parvovirus B19 infections do not cause birth defects.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||May 29, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
© 1995-, Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.