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Title: Toxoplasmosis: the innocent suspect of pregnancy wastage in Duhok, Iraq
Authors: Razzak, A.H.
Wais, S.A.
Saeid, A.Y.
Issue Date: 2005
Language: English
Abstract: To identify the true contribution of toxoplasmosis to fetal loss and bad obstetric history, we tested 310 women, 77.4% of whom had had single or multiple fetal loss, for evidence of infection. The study was conducted in Duhok, northern Iraq, from July 2002 till September 2003. All the women were examined for the presence of toxoplasma-specific IgM antibodies by enzyme-linked immunofluorescent assay; only 3 [0.97%] tested positive. We also tested 187 of the women by latex agglutination test; 55 tested positive. Histopathological examination was done for 9 pregnant women who tested positive by the latex agglutination test but we found no evidence of toxoplasma infection. The results indicate that the contribution of toxoplasmosis to fetal loss in our region is greatly overestimated
Description: 625-632
Keywords: Abortion, Spontaneous
Antibodies, Protozoan
Bias [Epidemiology]
Immunoglobulin M
Latex Fixation Tests
Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic
Subject: Fetal Mortality
ISSN: 1020-3397
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