TB in a pregnant woman

  1. 0 Does anyone know... If a pregnant woman becomes infected with TB, can the TB cross the placenta? And if so, what damage can it do to the fetus?
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    Does anyone know... If a pregnant woman becomes infected with TB, can the TB cross the placenta? And if so, what damage can it do to the fetus?
    I just finished my OB rotation and a patient had TB. They started treatment (INH) and I believe the meds do cross the placenta but are of no harm to the developing fetus. The baby may be born with TB but I believe it's rare.

    As for TB crossing the placenta.........I am 'assuming' yes-because babies can be born with congenital TB?
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    Thanks for sharing your experience!!!
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    I googled "tb + pregnancy" and got these results:

    http://www.google.com/custom?domains...D%3A1%3B&hl=en


    This would apply to a mom w/active TB, NOT just a + skin test.

    Pulmonary TB does not cross the placenta; extra-pulmonary TB (untreated) might cause problems. (I have seen TB cultured from a placenta.) The baby can become infected w/TB via inhalation of infectious droplet nuclei from mom and frequent face-to-face interaction w/her when being fed and cared for. TB infection in babies and small children can have devastating results--rarely seen in this country, but ?don't know current situation in 3rd world countries.

    If you're interested, go to the World Health Organization website, and search TB.
    Last edit by prmenrs on May 12, '07
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    Quote from prmenrs
    I googled "tb + pregnancy" and got these results:

    http://www.google.com/custom?domains...D%3A1%3B&hl=en


    This would apply to a mom w/active TB, NOT just a + skin test.

    Pulmonary TB does not cross the placenta; extra-pulmonary TB (untreated) might cause problems. (I have seen TB cultured from a placenta.) The baby can become infected w/TB via inhalation of infectious droplet nuclei from mom and frequent face-to-face interaction w/her when being fed and cared for. TB infection in babies and small children can have devastating results--rarely seen in this country, but ?don't know current situation in 3rd world countries.

    If you're interested, go to the World Health Organization website, and search TB.
    Thank you!!!


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