Toxoplasmosis | Symptoms & Causes

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.