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Pregnancy and Tropical Parasitic Infections [Zeynep Kamil Med J]
Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2017; 48(4): 190-192 | DOI: 10.16948/zktipb.285199

Pregnancy and Tropical Parasitic Infections

K. Emre Karaşahin1, Mustafa Öztürk2, Ibrahim Alanbay1, Fahri Burçin Fıratlıgil3
1University of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ankara
2University of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Dr Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Gynecology and Obstetrics Service, Ankara
3Hakkari State Hospital, Gynecology and Obstetrics Service, Hakkari

Parasitic infections influence ten of millions of pregnant worldwide. While the rate varies according to the regions in our country they are reported to be around 20%. In recent years in our country, this rate is increasing by the migrants who escaped from the chaos in the Middle
East countries. Parasitic infections show their effect at maternal, fetal and placental levels. Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus, Ascaris lumbricoides, Echinoccoccus granulosus cause maternal infection, while Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma haematobium, Schistosoma japanicum, Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax prefer to infect placenta and Leishmania chagasi, Leishmania donovani, Trypanosoma gambiense, Trypanosoma rhodesiense, Trypanosoma cruzi, Wuchereria bancrofti infect the fetus. The diagnostic methods are serologic testing, polymerase chain reaction and microscopic examination of parasites in the stool, urine, blood or tissues
depending on the species. Some antihelmintic drugs can pass into breast milk. In addition to antihelmintic drugs oral iron supplements therapy or surgery may be required. Specific methods of insect body protector to prevent parasitic infections, you grant to pay attention to hygiene and water, chemoprophylaxis is used. To prevent parasitic infections, specific body insect protectors, hygienic food and water and chemoprophylaxis can be utilized. Possible poor pregnancy outcomes can be avoided with the early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of parasitic diseases.

Keywords: parasites, pregnant, tropical diseases

K. Emre Karaşahin, Mustafa Öztürk, Ibrahim Alanbay, Fahri Burçin Fıratlıgil. Pregnancy and Tropical Parasitic Infections. Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2017; 48(4): 190-192

Corresponding Author: Fahri Burçin Fıratlıgil, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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