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toxoplasmosis in children
Jan 17, 2000

Dear Dr.,

My best friend and I were both pregnant at the same time. Her son was born deaf in one ear. Recently she found out that he now has lost some vision in his left eye. They have diagnosed her son with having toxoplasmosis. They think she was infected while pregnant. They also found that her son's soft spot has closed too soon. Can this spread from her son to my son? Can the disease be treated? What is the usual prognosis in a case like this? He is 9 months old.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

This is a congenital infection, passed from mom to baby. Your son cannot get it. I don't think the prognosis is great, but I'm not a pediatrician.

failure in the treatment of neurotoxoplasmosis

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