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Toxoplasmosis In-depth

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis?

Infants afflicted with toxoplasmosis often appear normal at birth, only exhibiting symptoms several years after they are born.

The most common complications from pre-natal exposure to the disease include:

  • Chorioretinitis - inflammation of the choroid layer behind the retina, which can progress to blindness
  • Hydrocephalus - buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain
  • Intracranial calcifications - the calcifications indicate parts of the brain that have been damaged by the parasite, and are often linked to:
    • mental retardation
    • seizures
    • motor and developmental delays

The symptoms of toxoplasmosis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

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